Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 364,002
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $159.47 (10/1/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1843 O $2.5 MS obverse 1843 O $2.5 MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: As the high mintage would suggest, the 1843-O, Small Date, Crosslet 4, Liberty Head quarter eagle is the most common issue from the New Orleans Mint of the denomination. A fair number of coins are known, but mostly in the lower grades. Harry W. Bass Jr. must have really found this date an interesting study; he owned 11 examples. The best coin from the Bass menagerie was graded an astounding prooflike MS 64. The mintmark for the date is much larger than on previous issues from the New Orleans Mint. Although the 1843-O Small Date is relatively available in circulated grades, Mint State coins are usually quite scarce, and only one has been graded at the gem level. That coin sold at auction in March 2013 for $25,850.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/1/2016

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1843 O $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 231
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/26/1997 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0931, 931/Lot# 1758 $253.20
9/10/2006 NGC AU 55   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1772 $2,645.00
2/4/2009 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 2459 $5,175.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5352 $2,300.00
1/27/2013 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/27/2013, 59/Lot# 97371 $405.63
6/5/2013 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1186/Lot# 5571 $2,291.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1843 O $2.5 MS
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Base3333450539556575602620646663764891117313031781226836395563707718136
333152479544562584608628651696806985121614621943272542806067107630
00000056258460862865169680698512161462194327254280606700
000000568593614637657730848107912591621210531824921657200
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