Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 6,729
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $159.83 (8/27/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1842 C $2.5 MS obverse 1842 C $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: As the low mintage would indicate, the 1842-C Liberty Head quarter eagle is a rare coin in any grade. Most seen are well circulated and poorly struck, especially on the centers of the obverse. A small die break is evident on the reverse from the tip of the left wing in to the rim. This is observed on every example we have seen. When offered for sale, the typical coin is usually well circulated, and coins with any luster remaining are seldom seen. Only a few others have crossed the Mint State barrier, and those coins just barely make the grade. The Smithsonian coin is a modest Extremely Fine example. The finest known example of this date is the ex Stanley Elrod coin graded MS 65 and is by far the finest graded. The coin last sold at auction in February 1999 for $90,850.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/1/2015

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1842 C $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 59
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/5/2006 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 912 $5,750.00
5/20/2007 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #67054, 67054/Lot# 24964 $9,025.00
9/27/2007 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #446, 446/Lot# 3195 $4,600.00
4/16/2008 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 3251 $3,450.00
8/7/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 1464 $9,775.00
4/8/2012 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3255, 3255/Lot# 3254 $1,450.00
7/28/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 105707 $2,777.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 C $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1450150516582048255533243984456554765965658873177910876892341392919050265540000
14681556178822172811354441784869563961736831751581968923107991563621551265540000
00000041784869563961736831751581968923107991563621551265540000
00000043715172580263807074771284829079123641734324053265540000
1842 C $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Base15261589174421612671344741114744577664007139757080589860111031525219597272490000
154716411883233129303668432250885984664672837733865910274124861670022148272490000
000000432250885984664672837733865910274124861670022148272490000
000000453354326192689374267895925910689138691814924698272490000
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 5965
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
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