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Liberty Head (1840 - 1907)

Liberty Head (1840 - 1907)
1840 - 1907 | 1848

Liberty Head (1840 - 1907)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1840 - 1907
    Designer: Christian Gobrecht
    Weight: 4.180 grams
    Diameter:18 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.9000 gold, 0.1000 copper
    Edge: reeded
    Metal Oz: 0.12094
    Melt Value (gold): $158.12

CAL. Gold Quarter Eagle (1848)

In 1848, about 230 ounces of gold were sent to Secretary of War Marcy by Colonel R.B. Mason, military governor of California. The gold was turned over to the Mint and made into quarter eagles. The distinguishing mark CAL. was punched above the eagle on the reverse side, while the coins were in the die. Several specimens with prooflike surfaces are known.

Grade Price Guide
Circ|MS|PF
  • Description
  • Mintage
  • F-12 Fine. Fine.
  • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine. Two thirds of hair lines from top of forehead to ear visible. Ear well defined. Feathers on eagle's breast worn.
  • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine. All hair lines strong and ear bold. Eagle's feathers all plain but with slight wear on breast and wing tips.
  • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated. Slight trace of wear on the bust shoulder and hair left of forehead, and on eagle's breast and top edges of wings.
  • AU-55 Choice About Uncirculated. Choice About Uncirculated.
  • AU-58 Choice AU. Choice AU.
  • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated. No trace of wear. Full mint luster present, but may be noticeably marred by scuff marks or bag abrasions.
  • MS-62 Choice Unc.. Choice Unc..
  • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated. No trace of wear; full mint luster; few noticeable surface marks.
  • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc.. A few scattered contact marks. Good eye appeal and attractive luster.
  • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated. Only light, scattered contact marks that are not distracting. Strong luster, good eye appeal.
  • PF-60 PF-60. PF-60.
  • PF-63 Choice Proof. Choice Proof. Reflective surfaces with only a few blemishes in secondary focal places. No major flaws.
  • PF-64 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
  • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
  • 1840D

    1840D

    Quarter Eagles Liberty Head (1840 - 1907) 1840D
    Mintmark Location
  • 3,532
  • 1846
  • 19,303
    • 1851
    • 1,372,748
      • 1852

        1852

        Quarter Eagles Liberty Head (1840 - 1907) 1852
        Quarter Eagles Liberty Head (1840 - 1907) 1852
      • 1,159,681
      • 1853
      • 1,404,668
        • 1854
        • 153,000
          • 1859
          • 39,364
            • 1860
            • 22,563
              • 1861
              • 1,283,788
                • 1862
                • 98,508
                  • 1891
                  • 10,960
                    • Description
                    • Mintage
                    • F-12 Fine. Fine. Hair ends visible. Hair at top smooth. Hair ends visible. Hair at top smooth. Hair ends visible. Hair at top smooth. Hair ends visible. Hair at top smooth.
                    • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine. Hair lines at top visible. Hair about ear defined. Hair lines at top visible. Hair about ear defined. Hair lines at top visible. Hair about ear defined. Hair lines at top visible. Hair about ear defined.
                    • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine. Hair above forehead and at neck well defined but shows some wear. Hair above forehead and at neck well defined but shows some wear. Hair above forehead and at neck well defined but shows some wear. Hair above forehead and at neck well defined but shows some wear.
                    • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated. Slight wear on high waves of hair, near ear and face, and on head and tips of eagle's wings. Slight wear on high waves of hair, near ear and face, and on head and tips of eagle's wings. Slight wear on high waves of hair, near ear and face, and on head and tips of eagle's wings. Slight wear on high waves of hair, near ear and face, and on head and tips of eagle's wings.
                    • AU-55 Choice About Uncirculated. Choice About Uncirculated.
                    • AU-58 Choice AU. Choice AU.
                    • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated. No trace of wear. Light blemishes. No trace of wear. Light blemishes. No trace of wear. Light blemishes. No trace of wear. Light blemishes.
                    • MS-62 Choice Unc.. Choice Unc..
                    • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated. Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Impaired luster possible. Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Impaired luster possible. Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Impaired luster possible. Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Impaired luster possible.
                    • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
                    • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
                    • Description
                    • Mintage
                    • F-12
                    • VF-20
                    • EF-40
                    • AU-50
                    • AU-55
                    • AU-58
                    • MS-60
                    • MS-62
                    • MS-63
                    • MS-64
                    • MS-65
                    • PF-60
                    • PF-63
                    • PF-64
                    • PF-65
                    • 1840D

                      1840D

                      Quarter Eagles Liberty Head (1840 - 1907) 1840D
                      Mintmark Location
                    • 3,532
                    • 1846
                    • 19,303
                      • 1851
                      • 1,372,748
                        • 1852

                          1852

                          Quarter Eagles Liberty Head (1840 - 1907) 1852
                          Quarter Eagles Liberty Head (1840 - 1907) 1852
                        • 1,159,681
                        • 1853
                        • 1,404,668
                          • 1854
                          • 153,000
                            • 1859
                            • 39,364
                              • 1860
                              • 22,563
                                • 1861
                                • 1,283,788
                                  • 1862
                                  • 98,508