$2.5 Gold Liberty Head 1840-1907


The first $2.50 Liberty gold coin, or quarter eagle, was authorized by a Congressional act on April 2, 1792. Several design changes were made throughout the history of $2.50 gold coin. In 1840 Christian Gobrecht redesigned the $2.50 gold coin to create the $2.50 Liberty Head, also referred to as the $2.50 Coronet Type. This is the longest spanning design without a major change or alteration (very minor changes were made to the design on the reverse) in American coinage history. Design of the $2.50 Liberty Gold Coin – The goal of Christian Gobrecht’s design was to make the $2.50 gold piece similar to the design of the larger gold coins of the day such as the $10 and $20 Liberty gold coins. Like the other Liberty gold coins, the obverse (front) features Lady Liberty, whose hair is worn in a tight bun secured by a string of beads with loose curls hanging down her neck. She is wearing a coronet inscribed with the word ‘Liberty’; 13 stars representing the 13 original colonies and the date of issue surrounds her.

Coin Features:

  • Contains .12094 oz of Gold.
  • The obverse features Liberty facing left, encircled by 13 stars with the word “Liberty” on her hair band. The reverse features a heraldic eagle with a shield on its breast.
  • Designed by Christian Gobrecht
  • Metal Content:0.1209 troy oz
  • Purity: .900
  • Thickness: 1.27 mm
  • Diameter: 18 mm

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