Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 6,729
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $142.00 (2/7/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1842 C $2.5 MS obverse 1842 C $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: As the low mintage would indicate, the 1842-C Liberty Head quarter eagle is a rare coin in any grade. Most seen are well circulated and poorly struck, especially on the centers of the obverse. A small die break is evident on the reverse from the tip of the left wing in to the rim. This is observed on every example we have seen. When offered for sale, the typical coin is usually well circulated, and coins with any luster remaining are seldom seen. Only a few others have crossed the Mint State barrier, and those coins just barely make the grade. The Smithsonian coin is a modest Extremely Fine example. The finest known example of this date is the ex Stanley Elrod coin graded MS 65 and is by far the finest graded. The coin last sold at auction in February 1999 for $90,850.

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Price Guide

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1842 C $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 59
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/13/1998 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1040, 1040/Lot# 1991 $5,908.00
2/5/2006 NGC AU 53   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 911 $7,187.50
4/6/2006 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 1599 $1,725.00
3/24/2010 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction #1138, 1138/Lot# 2063 $6,037.50
2/3/2011 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1152/Lot# 4330 $5,750.00
3/31/2011 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 6238 $3,462.65
5/30/2012 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4144 $1,410.00
7/28/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 105707 $2,777.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 C $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9971066113814501799269938004565547659656588695171387597842813928190492652737593389214028441681
10201090124215662099306640554868563961726709701372917874102611563521541302153803539375407490
0000004055486856396172670970137291787410261156352154130215380353937500
0000004310517258026380683070757444815112094173422403433904384783982900
1842 C $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Base135814441534162924452980390045785776638571397570801498501110012178129461355214178148261549516187
138614741565190126233286412649775979663672827718862610266114591243413148137601439415049157250
00000041264977597966367282771886261026611459124341314813760143941504900
00000043525376618268877426786692381068311818126901335013969146101527200
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