Description and Analysis

Liberty Head $2.50
1850 O $2.5 MS

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.