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: $155.57 (10/17/2017)
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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1878 S $2.5 MS
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Base $ 280 290 300 320 340 355 375 385 435 510 560 700 1600 3400 13000 18000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 738
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/13/2004 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2004 September Long Beach Bullet Sale #356, 356/Lot# 2069 $345.00
6/26/2006 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 93, 98/Lot# 1434 $425.50
12/2/2010 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1147/Lot# 4332 $2,990.00
3/9/2011 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3028, 3028/Lot# 1802 $833.75
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
3/21/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1183/Lot# 4131 $2,587.35
4/21/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 106615 $316.25
7/11/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6937 $270.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 $2.5 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base70385385687491194896197410131028110712211291147223083340597367948965133842025821100
75385486288692395296598710181054114512441351175126524218624775181043815675205390
0000009659871018105411451244135117512652421862477518104381567500
00000097010001023108111831268141220292996509565208241119111796700
1878 $2.5 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base659783802820856891905916949966104411521219139321973194574765458660129721969820523
700789808832868896909927955992108011741277166125294045601372501009715214199730
00000090992795599210801174127716612529404560137250100971521400
000000912938960101811161197133519292862489662797955115351745600
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1219
Owner: MARK APSOLON
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1219
Owner: pulver set
 
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