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: $153.29 (5/28/2017)
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: 6/9/2016

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1881 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 900 1000 1350 2550 3400 5450 5950 6500 7150 10700 12500 17500 25000 36000 - - - - - -
$ - - - - 7800 - - - - - - - - -
1881 $2.5 MS Prooflike
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 72
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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8/26/2007 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2413, 2413/Lot# 2376 $8,960.00
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
2/3/2013 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1700 $4,370.00
6/5/2013 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1186/Lot# 4719 $7,931.25
8/5/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3778 $5,875.00
10/31/2016 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1241/Lot# 5481 $12,925.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base169117931899200921242807330337124021420944694630493554176248682084281115414149182852408025036
17251828193520472351297234393815408342954522473150955694643873569336121521552720216243980
0000003439381540834295452247315095569464387356933612152155272021600
00000035753918414643824576483352565971662978921024513150169062214800
1881 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base288430343190335235213695378638754192438546524817513756336488707787271023812369152061903319838
29343086324434083579372538153980425644744707492353025918668476279230109481331416481193010
0000003815398042564474470749235302591866847627923010948133141648100
0000003845408643204563476250305467620368808177973411658142601775700
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 4209
Owner: Thornton
 
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