Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 11,264
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $160.16 (9/28/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1851 D $2.5 MS obverse 1851 D $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Most of the 1851-D Liberty Head quarter eagles seen are well struck for the era, particularly for a coin from the Dahlonega Mint. The date is usually offered in grades ranging from Very Fine to Extremely Fine. The 1851-D quarter eagle is scarce in all grades, with just three to six coins offered at auction each year. About Uncirculated coins are quite rare, especially in the higher range of that grade. The Smithsonian example is a pleasing AU 55. The 1851-D quarter eagle is a true grade rarity in Mint State. Only 5 surviving coins have been graded at that level by NGC. The finest known example is the stunning Duke’s Creek Collection coin, which is the lone MS 65 coin. The coin is a radiant gem and at one time was part of the famed Eliasberg Collection. The Duke’s Creek coin sold for $63,250 in 2006.

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1851 D $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 82
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
1/7/2004 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 1029 $10,350.00
8/19/2007 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2410, 2410/Lot# 1936 $2,296.00
1/5/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 6718 $3,593.75
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1199 $1,955.00
1/8/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6445 $6,462.50
2/9/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 163168 $2,750.00
5/19/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20566 $4,406.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 D $2.5 MS
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Base13801466155916541753219730093601412044174812504952015563743110675144541993227980290483014731275
1408149715901687190124673206377442194548489150995321618585121193416280226142833629414305230
000000320637744219454848915099532161858512119341628022614283362941400
000000340339474318468049705150544268089593131941810625297286922978000
1851 D $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Base14591549164517441847230831493761429746035010525454115783770411032149002049728705297943091332063
1489158116781778200025883353393943994738509153065535642388131232116765232332906830167312960
000000335339394399473850915306553564238813123211676523233290683016700
000000355741184501487451725358565970639922136101863125969294313054000
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