Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 124,000
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $156.41 (5/1/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1847 O $2.5 MS obverse 1847 O $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1847-O Liberty Head quarter eagle is one of the most poorly struck issues from the New Orleans Mint. Coins of the date are almost always very softly struck in the central portions of the obverse and reverse. The 1847-O quarter eagle is only moderately scarce in the lower grades on up to About Uncirculated. In Mint State, however, the date is very rare and only occasionally offered for sale. There are a few varieties known for the issue, the most notable being those with a sharply recut date. Harry W. Bass Jr. was greatly interested in the issue, as he possessed at least 10 coins. NGC has graded only a single 1847-O quarter eagle as MS 65 and that coin has not appeared at auction. The Smithsonian example is a modest About Uncirculated coin.

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1847 O $2.5 MS
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Base $ 285 300 335 390 520 1050 1250 1875 3100 5850 10000 19500 28500 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 322
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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6/2/1995 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 1995 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #136, 136/Lot# 385 $825.00
5/20/1996 NGC VF 35   Teletrade Auction 0842, 842/Lot# 1889 $189.90
9/6/2004 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1523 $661.25
3/10/2008 NGC VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 228, 234/Lot# 1436 $299.00
4/28/2009 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 3617 $690.00
6/17/2012 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131226/Lot# 28330 $373.75
5/25/2014 NGC XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 193951 $386.22
8/8/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4309 $10,575.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1847 O $2.5 MS
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Base4184534925325759581494188622852510280729853365466960077077128111920929195449294644447996
4294665055467021136162420192360260928663111379951156363898814943225373443945434469610
00000016242019236026092866311137995115636389881494322537344394543400
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1847 O $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base563607655680884109213011483249229553508381741144716633673907791820886419091955810043
57762366374895311611361181926463139361139164314525666877523793083528791924697190
0000001361181926463139361139164314525666877523793083528791924600
0000001422215528003323371440154515579670387657806984968941940200
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 3365
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2807
Owner: ddr70
 
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