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

1866 $2.50 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS62

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU55
PCGS #:
7803
Diameter:
18.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
4.18 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
3,080
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$40,250 • PCGS MS65 • 5-1-2007 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 40 R-8.7 5 / 147 TIE 5 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 5 / 147 TIE 5 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 17 / 147 TIE 17 / 147 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/7/2000:7629, $29,900 - Heritage 5/2004:9135, $39,100 - Palakika Collection - Heritage 5/2007:2239, $40,250

2 MS62 PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 11/2012:3247, not sold

2 MS62 PCGS grade  

N.K.S., sold privately on 7/19/1973 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:545, $27,600

4 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/7/2000:7629, $29,900 - Heritage 5/2004:9135, $39,100 - Palakika Collection - Heritage 5/2007:2239, $40,250

2 MS62 PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 11/2012:3247, not sold

2 MS62 PCGS grade  

N.K.S., sold privately on 7/19/1973 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:545, $27,600

4 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
4 AU58 estimated grade  
4 AU58 estimated grade  
4 AU58 estimated grade  
9 AU55 PCGS grade
9 AU55 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): Business strike 1866 quarter eagles are not quite as rare as those of 1864 or 1865. However, the 1866 is more rare in proof despite comparable mintage. Most business strikes are very low grade and the 1866 is tied for having the twelfth lowest average grade of any quarter eagle in our 226 auction catalog survey. Like the 1864, and 1865, the 1866 is very underrated in all grades. It has appeared at auction less often than either of the 1796's, the 1797, the 1808, or the 1875 to name just a few. I have not seen a strictly uncirculated 1866 and only one piece that even graded full AU.