Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 178,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $153.29 (5/27/2017)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1878 S $2.5 MS obverse 1878 S $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint struck 178,000 gold quarter eagles in 1878. This date is slightly more common in mint state than many other San Francisco quarter eagles. However, it is still extremely rare in gem or higher.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/8/2016

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1878 S $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 270 280 315 345 360 375 395 405 425 525 650 700 1650 3350 14500 20150 - - - -
$ - - - - 460 - - 775 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 732
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
7/19/2000 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20074, 20074/Lot# 4560 $240.00
12/5/2007 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2459, 2459/Lot# 1895 $700.00
3/13/2008 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 229, 235/Lot# 6284 $368.00
2/15/2009 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2653, 2653/Lot# 2211 $322.00
2/3/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(5), 1152/Lot# 9104 $322.00
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1224 $264.50
5/27/2012 NGC AU 58   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1215 $292.00
6/22/2014 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/22/2014, 200/Lot# 202051 $429.25
8/13/2015 NGC   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 1211 $1,292.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base327354386420456527568609661695743774891130321692936414158668660129721969820523
3363643974324795405816266727117538131028159124243337471667971009715214199730
000000581626672711753813102815912424333747166797100971521400
000000595643683727763852116518802680373952917728115341745600
1878 S $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5325756156808318949009059831034110511521494152622813423500453055619594762896645
54658863673085289690193110001057112012661504177726613950510454095728606164070
00000090193110001057112012661504177726613950510454095728606100
00000090395710171081113613801515202930424477520455145837617500
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 891
Owner: MARK APSOLON
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 891
Owner: pulver set
 
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