$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.
- 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