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

1871-S $2.50 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS63

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
7814
Diameter:
18.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
4.18 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
22,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$20,125 • PCGS MS66 • 6-2-2005 • 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 225 R-6.7 82 / 147 TIE 82 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 12 R-9.5 57 / 147 TIE 57 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 27 / 147 TIE 27 / 147 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 7/2005:7580, $20,125

2 MS65 PCGS grade  

Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:572, $13,800 - Bowers & Merena 1/2002:622, $11,500

2 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 7/2005:7580, $20,125

2 MS65 PCGS grade  

Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:572, $13,800 - Bowers & Merena 1/2002:622, $11,500

2 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 estimated grade  
4 MS64 estimated grade  
4 MS64 estimated grade  
9 MS63 PCGS grade
9 MS63 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1871-S is a scarce date, particularly so in choice condition. However, it is not as difficult to obtain in full mint state as the other early S Mint quarter eagles prior to 1877. All specimens that I have seen are weakly struck on the eagle's right leg, but are generally more well struck on the obverse than most other San Francisco Mint quarter eagles. Nevertheless, this date is underrated and underpriced, although not as much so as some other dates in the series which are virtually unobtainable in full Unc.