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

1861 $2.50 Old Reverse (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64+

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PCGS MS64+
PCGS #:
97794
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:
$14,999 • PCGS MS66 • 12-8-2004 • 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 100 R-8.0 32 / 147 TIE 32 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 87 / 147 TIE 87 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 4 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  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 estimated 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  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 estimated grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 estimated grade  
7 MS63 PCGS grade   Heritage 1/2009:5237
7 MS63 PCGS grade  
7 MS63 PCGS grade  
7 MS63 PCGS grade  
Gordon Wrubel: Quickfinder Notes: There is a simple way to distinguish the Old Reverse die from the New Reverse die. Just look at the "O" in "OF". The Old Reverse has an OVAL "O", while the New Reverse has a ROUND "O". The branch mint issue of San Francisco uses the Old Reverse die (none were minted at Charlotte or Dahlonega in 1861). The 1861 Old Reverse issue is very rare compared to the New Reverse and carries a hefty premium.