Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 24,000
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $161.85 (8/24/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1861 S $2.5 MS obverse 1861 S $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Only 24,000 Liberty Quarter Eagles of this date were originally produced, virtually all of which were circulated to one degree or another. This issue is scarce to rare in all grades, with the vast majority of survivors grading no finer than VF.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/7/2016

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1861 S $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 600 850 1100 1250 1850 3650 4250 5750 7350 11000 13000 21000 - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 95
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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3/24/2004 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1861, 1861/Lot# 1651 $3,630.00
5/27/2007 NGC VF 25   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 536 $322.00
6/1/2011 PCGS G 6   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(5), 1156/Lot# 9210 $460.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 3728 $1,610.00
2/3/2013 PCGS VF 20   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 985 $552.00
4/24/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5524 $5,875.00
6/30/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 121705 $843.70


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base575620670721774142124403103346336753965414144315158592210508151682224333110343203556236837
59063668773898917602661322335333771402342374673541274501206117526258653351334734359870
000000266132233533377140234237467354127450120611752625865335133473400
000000288233433604386840824334491556678979136141988429487339163514800
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