Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 51
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $177.07 (11/21/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 $2.5 PF obverse 1881 $2.5 PF 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: 6/14/2019

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1881 $2.5 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 4100 4250 8125 9100 12100 18200 30000 45500 - - - -
1881 $2.5 PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 11250 16500 45500 67000 - - - -
1881 $2.5 PF UC
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 20
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1881 $2.5 PF
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Base----------1-----------1
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Total----------1-----------1
 ----------100 %----------- 
1881 $2.5 PF CA
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Base------------21--52----10
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Total------------21-152----11
 ------------18 %9 %-9 %45 %18 %---- 
1881 $2.5 PF UC
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Base---------------423----9
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Total---------------423----9
 ---------------44 %22 %33 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/10/1998 NGC PF 62   Heritage Auctions 1998 F.U.N. Signature Sale #181, 181/Lot# 7640 $3,565.00
9/23/2007 NGC PF 61   Cameo Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3221 $5,290.00
8/2/2012 PCGS PF 64   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(4), 1173/Lot# 5308 $14,100.00
4/24/2013 NGC PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1184/Lot# 4466 $15,275.00
2/27/2014 PCGS PF 64   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(2), 1203/Lot# 4091 $12,351.60
11/5/2015 PCGS PF 64   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 20093 $18,800.00
10/3/2016 NGC PF 65   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1240/Lot# 3273 $24,675.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $2.5 PF CA
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1881 $2.5 PF UC
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Base1111111127333488430947465010532857476089682074318323111
111111191129843761445448345116546758616332702377288323110
000000191129843761445448345116546758616332702377288323100
0000001182232364035460049225222560759756576722780258323100
1881 $2.5 PF
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Base111111182126142699275428342885312634473817456561696820765199751258416174
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00000020852642271727802851296532333570406650996386709784251084400
00000023492670273528072868304533403693431556346603737492001171400
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