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: $246.33 (8/9/2020)
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: 7/31/2020

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1881 $2.5 MS
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1881 $2.5 MS PL
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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 78
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
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: 8/4/2020 1881 $2.5 MS
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Base----11145152376521------71
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Total----11145152476521------72
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1881 $2.5 MS PL
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Base----------4-3---------7
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Total----------4-3---------7
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NGC Registry

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