Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 3,532
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $147.06 (6/1/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1840 D $2.5 MS obverse 1840 D $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1840-D quarter eagle is one of the rarest dates from this mint, if not from the entire Liberty Head quarter eagle series. Nearly all examples are well worn. The strike on most coins of this date is very uneven. The reverse is usually much weaker than the obverse, making proper grading a tricky endeavor. Many, if not most, examples are also struck from shattered obverse and reverse dies. The die breaks radiate fully to the rims on both sides. The 1840-D quarter eagle is a major condition rarity. Just a few Mint State coins have been graded. About Uncirculated coins are also very rare. The finest known example, an NGC MS 62 coin, was part of the famed Duke’s Creek Collection. The coin last sold at auction in April 2006 for $74,750. The late, great Southern coin dealer, Jack Hancock considered this coin to be one of the highlights of the Duke's Creek collection and one of his all-time favorite coins.

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Last Updated: 6/1/2015

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1840 D $2.5 MS
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Base $ 1275 1550 2600 3550 7500 11750 14250 19500 28000 42500 97500 - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 43
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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8/13/1999 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 1999 ANA Signature Sale #208, 208/Lot# 7638 $8,912.50
5/27/2007 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1476 $8,912.50
7/7/2011 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1157/Lot# 4573 $5,318.75
9/7/2011 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1159/Lot# 4206 $8,050.00
3/20/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30233 $10,575.00
8/13/2015 NGC   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10179 $21,150.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 D $2.5 MS
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Base208222002323245125854290531660896713707775657859815392341411819060262093669037994393334070642114
212122412365249531534632557362976834723976637957851310862157652144329702371243844039790411750
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00000058316505695574027761805588731249017412238263319637559388864024800
1840 D $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Base11112585111486560077222785981539234143731986127934399681111
11186225851116225245641274347957851310947162022255231945399681110
000000116225245641274347957851310947162022255231945399681100
000000132435626681776468055887312660180312524335956399681100
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