Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 12,822
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $161.45 (9/26/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1840 C $2.5 MS obverse 1840 C $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1840-C Liberty Head quarter eagle is popular as the first Liberty Head gold coin from the Charlotte Mint. The 1840-C is scarce, but generally available in the Extremely Fine and About Uncirculated ranges. Most examples seen are well struck, and are among the sharpest from that mint. The mintmark is very small, and is the same one used on the 1841-C, 1842-C, and the 1843-C Small Date. Probably about a dozen Mint State coins are known, with the finest I have seen being the superb Harry W. Bass Jr. coin. The finest coins seen by NGC have been MS 63, and one of these sold in January 2012 for $19,550.

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1840 C $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 147
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
1/12/1998 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1014, 1014/Lot# 1844 $949.50
2/12/1999 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1999 February Long Beach Sale #197, 197/Lot# 6141 $31,050.00
5/30/2005 NGC MS 61   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 760 $10,925.00
2/11/2007 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2123 $4,945.00
2/28/2012 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7287 $9,200.00
2/28/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7288 $4,312.50
7/6/2014 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 199/Lot# 206373 $1,980.00
4/22/2015 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1219/Lot# 6063 $2,350.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 C $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base145015051558188622683126344736754048434747565466582773179084118421645423239335413481000
1468152316672013255432333523379941484483499355866324790610003133791871626673339643481000
0000003523379941484483499355866324790610003133791871626673339643481000
0000003599392442474620522957076820849510923149172097730107343873481000
1840 C $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15261589163919852401323836013817420245124935574760897586940012226169442387234320000
154716061754212426803359367339454305465352065861658881911034213799192532735534320000
000000367339454305465352065861658881911034213799192532735534320000
000000374540744409479454765975708787951128415371215633083734320000
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4756
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 4347
Owner: Desert Gold
 
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