Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 3,178
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $155.68 (5/3/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1853 D $2.5 MS obverse 1853 D $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: As the tiny mintage would suggest, the 1853-D Liberty Head quarter eagle must be considered rare in any grade. Probably fewer than 100 coins still survive in all grades. Population data indicate that most 1853-D quarter eagles fall in the Extremely Fine grade range. The issue is usually weak in some portions of the surface, with the denticles often quite softly impressed. A few coins of the date exhibit deep prooflike surfaces, an unusual quality for a coin from the Dahlonega Mint. The Harry W. Bass Jr. coin (sold in October 1999) is the best example of a prooflike 1853-D quarter eagle that we have seen. The finest example seen for the date is the Duke’s Creek NGC MS 62 coin, which was sold by Mid-American Rare Coin Auctions in 1985 as a part of the Jasper Robinson Collection for the then princely sum of $18,150. An NGC MS 62 recently crossed the auction block for $25,850 in January, 2014.

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Last Updated: 6/4/2015

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1853 D $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 50
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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Price
1/10/1998 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 1998 F.U.N. Signature Sale #181, 181/Lot# 7567 $7,762.50
6/6/1999 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1171, 1171/Lot# 1676 $2,004.50
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3701 $15,525.00
8/11/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(4), 1158/Lot# 5372 $8,625.00
10/13/2011 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(3), 1160/Lot# 4686 $14,375.00
1/9/2013 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1181/Lot# 6901 $1,527.50
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10206 $11,750.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 D $2.5 MS
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Base16281726182919362048280734864016468650605547583662487543884913380182912546136067373553867740033
16601760186419732301303336624239481052225643597366797978103591501720681289963649637795391290
0000003662423948105222564359736679797810359150172068128996364963779500
0000003839446249355384573961107111841311869166542307132531369253823600
1853 D $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Base1663176318681977236230993472379648665411608764737322772181358565901294769958104571097511511
1696179819042105260732233580415250475636621567567455785982788714916696361012410629111530
000000358041525047563662156756745578598278871491669636101241062900
000000368845095229586163447039758879978421886393219797102901080200
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 5547
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
 
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