1878-S $2.50 (Regular Strike)

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

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

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PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
7829
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
18.00 millimeters
Weight:
4.18 grams
Mintage:
178,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
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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 3,500 R-4.3 135 / 147 135 / 147
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 114 / 147 TIE 114 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 17 / 147 TIE 17 / 147 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 3,500
60 or Better 200
65 or Better 2
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.3
60 or Better R-7.0
65 or Better R-9.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 135 / 147
60 or Better 114 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 17 / 147 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 135 / 147
60 or Better 114 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 17 / 147 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 estimated grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 estimated grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
Ron Guth: Most (perhaps all) examples of this date utilize a New Reverse ("Hub of 1859-1907"). In fact, 1876-S or 1877-S may be the last apeparance of the Old Reverse style, so please report any Old Reverse examples.
David Akers (1975/88): The 1878-S has by far the highest mintage of any S Mint quarter eagle, and it is certainly the most common as well. However, it is less often seen in choice uncircualted condition than the 1877-S. The 1878-S uses the reverse that was first used at the Philadelphia Mint in 1859. This reverse is distinguished from that used on the early San Francisco Mint quarter eagles (prior to 1877) by the smaller letters and modified claws, arrows, olive branch and wings. The mintmark is very small, as it is on the 1877-S, and since mintmarks were punched in by hand, there are a number of different known mintmark positions.