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SERIES: Liberty Head $2 1/2 1840-1907
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1849 $2.50 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS61

PCGS AU53

PCGS XF40
PCGS #:
7752
Diameter:
18.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
4.18 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
23,294
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$10,465 • PCGS MS63 • 1-1-2007 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 115 R-7.8 43 / 147 TIE 43 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 78 / 147 TIE 78 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 147 1 / 147
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
8 MS62 PCGS grade  
8 MS62 PCGS grade  
8 MS62 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): Like the 1847, this date is definitely uderrated and undervalued. Choice specimens are very rare, the only strictly uncirculated piece that I have seen being the one purchased by Harry Bass at the Scanlon Sale. Some examples of the 1849 are offered as "overdates" but every such specimen that I have seen merely showed recutting of the 9 rather than an 8 beneath it. The position of the date is distinctly different than it is on the 1848, and the date is also markedly smaller. Therefore, in my opinion, no such thing as an overdate exists.