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

1861 $2.50 New Reverse (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64+

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PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
7794
Diameter:
18.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
4.18 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,283,788
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$9,400 • PCGS MS66 • 2-1-2015 • 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 2,000 R-4.6 131 / 147 TIE 131 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 900 R-5.2 128 / 147 128 / 147
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 56 / 147 TIE 56 / 147 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
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David Akers (1975/88): The 1861 has the third highest mintage of any quarter eagle and it is one of the more common dates in all grades. Choice uncirculated specimens are reasonably available.
Gordon Wrubel: Quickfinder Notes: There is a simple way to distinguish the New Reverse from the Old Reverse die. Just look at the "O" in "OF". The New Reverse has a ROUND "O", while the Old Reverse has an OVAL "O". The San Francisco branch mint issue (none were issued at Charlotte or Dahlonega in 1861) bears the Old Reverse. While scarce in its own right, the 1861 New Reverse is far more plentiful in numismatic circulation than the Old Reverse.