||1868 $2 1/2 MS61 NGC. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. A much better date in the series, with a low mintage of just 3,600 pieces and very few Uncirculated coins known. NGC has graded fewer than two dozen Mint State examples, all in lower grades -- the finest shown in the Census represents a pair of MS62 coins (8/14). The current example displays the prooflike appearance similar to most survivors, a function of dies that never struck enough coins to show die wear or significant loss of die polish. The surfaces of the present coin are a lovely mix of orange-gold and lilac patina, with mint luster flashing from the reflective areas. Other areas are a bit subdued where tiny abrasions dot the fields. There are no Gem examples of this date, with the finest-known piece being a single MS64 PCGS coin from the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $20.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $1997.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.