1875 $2.50 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $2 1/2 1840-1907

PCGS MS61

PCGS MS61

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PCGS MS60

PCGS MS60

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS #:
7822
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
18.00 millimeters
Weight:
4.18 grams
Mintage:
400
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 63 R-8.3 15 / 147 TIE 15 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 6 R-9.7 27 / 147 TIE 27 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 147 1 / 147
Survival Estimate
All Grades 63
60 or Better 6
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.3
60 or Better R-9.7
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 15 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 27 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 147
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 15 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 27 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 147

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Superior “Auction ‘81” 8/1981:838 - Heritage 7/1993:7308, $33,000 - Goldbergs 5/1999:666, $25,300

2 MS62 PCGS grade

Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:587, $17,250

3 MS61 PCGS grade

New Reverse+ Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS61 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4446, $24,675 - Stack's/Bowers 4/2016:13160, not sold

3 MS61 PCGS grade

Genaitis Collection - Heritage 8/2001:7664, $9,487.50 - Horseshoe Collection - Bowers & Merena 8/2010:1566, $27,025

6 MS60 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:1226, $20,700

6 MS60 PCGS grade
6 MS60 PCGS grade
9 AU58 PCGS grade
9 AU58 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade

Superior “Auction ‘81” 8/1981:838 - Heritage 7/1993:7308, $33,000 - Goldbergs 5/1999:666, $25,300

#2 MS62 PCGS grade

Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:587, $17,250

#3 MS61 PCGS grade

New Reverse+ Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#3 MS61 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4446, $24,675 - Stack's/Bowers 4/2016:13160, not sold

#3 MS61 PCGS grade

Genaitis Collection - Heritage 8/2001:7664, $9,487.50 - Horseshoe Collection - Bowers & Merena 8/2010:1566, $27,025

#6 MS60 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:1226, $20,700

#6 MS60 PCGS grade
#6 MS60 PCGS grade
#9 AU58 PCGS grade
#9 AU58 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): This rare and popular date has the second lowest mintage of any quarter eagle regularly issued for circulation. (Only the 1954-S has a lower mintage, and just seven additional dates in the entire series have regular mintages less than 1,000 pieces.) I would estimate that no more than half the original proof mintage of 20 pieces still exist in unimpaired state along with 15 to 20 business strikes. Because of the small mintage, every 1875 is essentially a "first strike" and therefore, has a proof-like surface. However, business strikes are readily identifiable from impaired proofs by the significant differenc in the position of the date. On the proofs, the date is high in the field and the 5 nearly touches the bust. On the business strikes, however, the date is lower in the field and the 5 is distant from the bust. The Ullmer coin and the Wolfson coin were both erroneously catalogued as proofs when they were, in fact, business strikes.

To the best of my knowledge, only one uncirculated 1875 is known, that being the specimen sold in the 1975 NASC Sale. This same piece was offered two years earlier in the 1973 ANA Sale.