1926 $2.50 Sesquicentennial MS64 Certification #81726632, PCGS #7466

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Ron Guth

In 1926, the U.S. celebrated the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence by issuing two commemorative coins, a half dollar and a $2.50 gold piece.  The front of the $2.50 gold piece features a full-length image of Liberty holding a torch in her outstretched right arm and an unfurling scroll in the other.  The back of the coin is a frontal view of Independence Hall, where the delegates met and signed the document. 

The $2.50 Sesqui has the largest mintage of any early gold commemorative by far, apparently in anticipation of strong collector demand.  PCGS alone has certified over 11,000 examples, representing almost a fourth of the total mintage.  The most common grade is MS64, followed by MS63, then MS65.  MS66 examples are scarce, but not rare, the result of the low relief design and the open, vulnerable devices.  No MS67 examples are known yet, and if such a high-grade piece were to hit the market, the value would be astonishing.

PCGS #
7466
Designer
John R. Sinnock
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
18.00 millimeters
Weight
4.18 grams
Mintage
46019
Metal
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
2476
Pop Lower
5354
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 22000 R-2.7 13 / 13 13 / 13
All Grades 15000 R-2.9 13 / 13 13 / 13
60 or Better 2500 R-4.5 7 / 13 TIE 7 / 13 TIE
65 or Better 22000
All Grades 15000
60 or Better 2500
65 or Better R-2.7
All Grades R-2.9
60 or Better R-4.5
65 or Better 13 / 13
All Grades 13 / 13
60 or Better 7 / 13 TIE
65 or Better 13 / 13
All Grades 13 / 13
60 or Better 7 / 13 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

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1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
MS66+ PCGS grade #1 MS66+ PCGS grade

“NiceGold” Collection

#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade