Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 4,000
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $149.31 (2/12/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1845 O $2.5 MS obverse 1845 O $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: At one time the 1845-O Liberty Head quarter eagle was considered a major rarity. The mintage was not recorded in the mint director’s annual report of 1845, and the coin was not publicized until B. Max Mehl supposedly discovered the issue. The date sold for more than $300 in the 1930s, a very large sum for the time. The 1845-O quarter eagle is scarce in all grades, but not as unavailable as would be expected from the low mintage. However, the date is a major rarity in Mint State. NGC has graded only one example in Mint State. Some examples of the date are seen with a die defect to the right of Liberty’s neck. The mint mark is large and the 18 of the date is boldly recut.

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1845 O $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 59
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 60


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6/6/1998 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 1998 June Long Beach Sale #187, 187/Lot# 6259 $2,990.00
1/3/2000 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 1255, 1255/Lot# 1986 $764.88
1/5/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 6710 $1,265.00
7/12/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1172/Lot# 4702 $977.50
2/22/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 4122 $2,231.33
8/4/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 763, 772/Lot# 230 $1,850.00
9/1/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/01/2013, 90/Lot# 134794 $12,100.01
1/8/2014 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6434 $5,875.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1845 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11491226130613901477230237384643515054475846608965457431884914617205952951642994429944446045963
11741252133414191752278040394812524955805927624168407903107711660923568340084299443482449610
0000004039481252495580592762416840790310771166092356834008429944348200
0000004341498153485713600863937135837612694186022654238501429944397100
1845 O $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12181298138214691561241739034836535856646075632467947704916015067211743027143990439904548147009
12441326141114991846291242145010546058016158648070978189111291710224206348444399044487459900
0000004214501054605801615864807097818911129171022420634844439904448700
0000004525518455625938624166377400867413098191382723839417439904498400
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 5846
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 4643
Owner: blake-rock
 
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