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

1861-S $2.50 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS62+

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU55
PCGS #:
7795
Diameter:
18.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
4.18 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
24,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$25,850 • NGC MS62 • 9-9-2016 • 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 85 R-8.1 27 / 147 TIE 27 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 5 / 147 TIE 5 / 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 MS62+ PCGS grade
2 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS60 PCGS grade  
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62+ PCGS grade
2 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS60 PCGS grade  
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): As is the case with many quarter eagles, this date is grossly underpriced in the standard pricing guides. I have never seen a full mint state 1861-S. Specimens better than VF are genuinely rare.