Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 288,002
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $160.43 (8/25/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1843 O SMALL DATE $2.5 MS obverse 1843 O SMALL DATE $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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1843 O SMALL DATE $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 300 320 340 365 410 475 525 700 1000 1750 2150 3300 5950 24000 36500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 519
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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4/3/2006 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 81: The Leesburg Sale, 86/Lot# 1037 $828.00
5/28/2008 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 2985 $2,530.00
5/24/2009 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 1196 $368.00
5/31/2009 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2699, 2699/Lot# 2874 $517.50
1/24/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 10549 $690.00
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1221/Lot# 4193 $4,465.00
8/9/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131533/Lot# 26219 $616.88
12/6/2015 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131550/Lot# 25390 $293.75
1/17/2016 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131604/Lot# 27894 $282.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1843 O SMALL DATE $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base351384415453489597900113814381609183419692197269942906616101351559324268381693951240890
36239442746552569897912381495168418792045236432295065778911954184842890138616399710
0000009791238149516841879204523643229506577891195418484289013861600
00000010581338155217591924212125313759584089621377321376335353906400
1843 O SMALL DATE $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5325756156928319741066115217622068244826652965327739656385674571207510791683378776
54658864073887810041094135518642194252027653069350647716505687072507645805684830
0000001094135518642194252027653069350647716505687072507645805600
0000001123155819662321259228653173373555786625699573807780819600
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 1138
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 900
Owner: Yevrah
 
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