Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 33,580
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $159.87 (8/26/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1840 O $2.5 MS obverse 1840 O $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: A quick check of the auction records for this issue reveals that only a few coins on average are offered for sale each year. The exception was the sale of the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection, which contained seven examples. Most of the bass coins were Extremely Fine. His finest coin, however, was nearly Gem quality and typical of coins from the New Orleans Mint during that year. There are two sizes of mintmarks, one of which is very small, and the other is normal in size. This date is now seldom offered and must be considered rare in any grade. Mint State coins are very rare, with NGC having only certified 15 coins at the level. A single coin has been certified as MS 63, but has not traded at public auction.

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Price Guide

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1840 O $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 335 360 425 675 1325 2300 2600 3650 5150 10250 11250 18250 28500 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 110
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/28/1996 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0888, 888/Lot# 1915 $817.63
3/20/2006 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 79, 84/Lot# 993 $920.00
2/14/2007 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2007 Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #430, 430/Lot# 4293 $862.50
9/14/2008 NGC MS 60   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1372 $6,900.00
10/13/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(3), 1160/Lot# 4640 $17,250.00
1/29/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1167 $575.00
5/30/2012 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4139 $3,852.50
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5344 $1,380.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45349253257562013332068258534533894444247565049565669518247151822233033332504485209753786
46650554659085715782240287436004076454648535251608773831055817564259973903750997526600
000000224028743600407645464853525160877383105581756425997390375099700
000000241231633747425946514951545365197815128701994729664447425154700
1840 O $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base48752757061566314102174271036074063462949525254587972108541156442294434158515685324554961
50054158563191216642352300937594251473650525462632276531090818077266823996152127538170
000000235230093759425147365052546263227653109081807726682399615212700
000000253133083911444048445153567067668097132762051030420457645268600
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 3894
Owner: fiddlehead
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 3894
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
 
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