Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 84,000
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 (8/28/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1850 O $2.5 MS obverse 1850 O $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The most interesting feature of the 1850-O Liberty Head quarter eagle is the extremely poor quality of the strike on most known examples. The central portions are usually very weak, to the point of looking mushy. Grading coins of the issue can be difficult, and one must consider any remaining luster as the primary guide. The date is scarce in all grades, and just a few coins are offered for sale most years. Not surprisingly, the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection contained nine examples. The date is very rare in full Mint State, particularly in Choice condition. The Smithsonian coin is a stunning Choice MS 63 example, one of the finest known. The single NGC MS 64 example has not appeared at auction.

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1850 O $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 331
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Price
10/16/1996 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0885, 885/Lot# 1910 $337.60
7/27/2002 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2002 July New York, NY Signature Sale #296, 296/Lot# 8958 $1,782.50
5/28/2006 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3692 $1,610.00
1/12/2009 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 321, 327/Lot# 1137 $1,380.00
11/3/2010 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 4841 $729.10
2/3/2011 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(5), 1152/Lot# 9079 $718.75
2/3/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 8455 $397.15
2/9/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 170726 $320.10


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4014344715105519331591204825462821317633863564411156569904149612289535457367293803539374
41244648452367811521743221426372939324634453746462670721158917605270823588137164384810
000000174322142637293932463445374646267072115891760527082358813716400
000000189523802729305733163504392851418488132752025031269363053759900
1850 O $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base53958462968087412061563185226503047353838174483631763176674704674337836825586909141
55459964674498413251659211827823210363140395094631764366798717575677975840088400
0000001659211827823210363140395094631764366798717575677975840000
0000001755238429143374372442615705631765556922730477018115854500
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Grade: XF Details
Points: 467
Owner: B.L. Birdy
 
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