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
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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Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1881 $2.5 PF
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1881 $2.5 PF CA
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1881 $2.5 PF UC
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1881 $2.5 PF
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Base----------1-----------1
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Total----------1-----------1
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1881 $2.5 PF CA
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Base------------21--52----10
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Total------------21-152----11
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1881 $2.5 PF UC
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Base---------------423----9
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Total---------------424----10
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $2.5 PF CA
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1881 $2.5 PF UC
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1881 $2.5 PF
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Base111111182126142699275428342885312634473817456561696820765199751258416174
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00000020852642271727802851296532333570406650996386709784251084400
00000023492670273528072868304533403693431556346603737492001171400
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