Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 364,002
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $156.41 (4/30/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1843 O $2.5 MS obverse 1843 O $2.5 MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: As the high mintage would suggest, the 1843-O, Small Date, Crosslet 4, Liberty Head quarter eagle is the most common issue from the New Orleans Mint of the denomination. A fair number of coins are known, but mostly in the lower grades. Harry W. Bass Jr. must have really found this date an interesting study; he owned 11 examples. The best coin from the Bass menagerie was graded an astounding prooflike MS 64. The mintmark for the date is much larger than on previous issues from the New Orleans Mint. Although the 1843-O Small Date is relatively available in circulated grades, Mint State coins are usually quite scarce, and only one has been graded at the gem level. That coin sold at auction in March 2013 for $25,850.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/2/2015

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1843 O $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 232
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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6/4/1993 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Long Beach Bullet #105, 105/Lot# 68 $1,650.00
1/12/2009 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 2639, 2639/Lot# 1699 $322.00
9/19/2010 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2766 $483.00
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1175 $345.00
7/29/2012 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/29/2012, 33/Lot# 66287 $379.50
9/5/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3498, 6052/Lot# 20495 $376.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1843 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333450539556575602620646663764891117313031781226836395563707718136
333152479544562584608628651696806985121614621943272542806067107630
00000056258460862865169680698512161462194327254280606700
000000568593614637657730848107912591621210531824921657200
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