Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 148,000
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $159.82 (8/26/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1851 O $2.5 MS obverse 1851 O $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: With a mintage sharply higher than that of the previous year, the 1851-O Liberty Head quarter eagle is relatively available in grades short of Mint State. However, the date is quite rare in full Mint State, and examples are seldom offered. The only exception in recent decades was the sale of the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection. His holdings constituted a small hoard, with 10 coins being offered over two years. These were promptly absorbed into the market and have rarely surfaced since. The finest specimen seen is a single MS 65 coin graded by NGC. The 1851-O issue is often seen with a sharply doubled date, including all four digits. These coins are among the most dramatic examples of repunching for the era. The strike for the date is average; some coins have weakness on the wing tips and centers.

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1851 O $2.5 MS
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Base $ 290 300 345 400 500 900 1225 1600 2475 4450 5700 7500 16500 27500 - - - - - -
$ - - - - 2950 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 448
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Price
1/8/2003 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 4694 $4,600.00
2/27/2003 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 8125 $1,955.00
5/20/2010 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 481, 487/Lot# 6534 $1,069.50
9/19/2010 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2770 $661.25
11/3/2010 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 4850 $805.00
12/5/2010 NGC Details UNC Details  Teletrade Auction 2972, 2972/Lot# 2371 $368.00
1/3/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(10), 1166/Lot# 12624 $578.45
12/1/2013 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 148126 $236.50
7/7/2016 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(4), 1237/Lot# 4393 $4,024.38


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base36039242946350255113751886244227403122334537474431546610832169372675142642440994559347124
3704044404765188251545207125412867319634793975477672541286720208320484312744597461030
000000154520712541286731963479397547767254128672020832048431274459700
000000171522562640299432703613420351219043149022347937345436134509500
1851 O $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base854916980104814832240477660896281640465816694739796361012310629111531169612258128401344214064
874937100211931735308552136153632264636618692881439798102911080311334118831245213040136490
0000005213615363226463661869288143979810291108031133411883124521304000
0000005651621763636522665671628889996010460109781151512070126461324100
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 3747
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3122
Owner: Beau Newman
 
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