Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 640
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $181.17 (8/20/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 $2.5 MS obverse 1881 $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

A mere 640 mint state and 51 proof $2.5 gold quarter eagles were struck in 1881. Many of the mint state pieces were placed in circulation, making uncirculated examples extremely rare. In fact, NGC has only graded about 17 mint state pieces thus far. While the proofs are rarer in an overall sense, they do tend to come in higher grades than the MS pieces. (11/2016)

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1881 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 900 1000 1350 2380 3500 5750 6250 7200 7650 10000 13300 16300 27200 33300 54400 - - - - -
$ - - - - 7700 - - - - - - - - -
1881 $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 7900 - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 78
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/13/2019 1881 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----11145152556521------71
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----------1-----------1
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Total----11145152656521------72
 ----1 %1 %1 %6 %7 %21 %36 %7 %8 %7 %3 %1 %------ 
1881 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------4-3---------7
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Total----------4-3---------7
 ----------57 %-43 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/4/1995 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 1995 F.U.N. Bullet Sale #128, 128/Lot# 453 $7,480.00
5/31/2004 NGC AU 58   Prooflike Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2434 $5,175.00
8/26/2007 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2413, 2413/Lot# 2376 $8,960.00
1/20/2008 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2478, 2478/Lot# 2611 $5,824.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3248 $10,925.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5390 $7,762.50
8/12/2015 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1223/Lot# 6058 $5,875.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base160516971799211329133294386642064364444746695497601963247646858887271152214588188152472925704
16361731190423803040348539794259439245214945567161216765796086349659125441599720786250540
0000003979425943924521494556716121676579608634965912544159972078600
00000040934311441945955221584562227205827486811059013566174062275800
1881 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base152116091707200927813149370340324172426144995285579260897374829384281115414149182852408025036
15501642180822662904333438134079420243404761545458916517768083389337121521552820217243990
0000003813407942024340476154545891651776808338933712152155282021700
00000039224125423144205023562359906946798783831024513151169062214800
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 4261
Owner: Thornton
 
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