VALUE AND CONDITION OF THE CLASSIC LIBERTY HEAD $2.50 GOLD COIN
You can get an idea of the grade your $2.50 Gold piece may potentially earn by performing a close inspection yourself. Minutely examine one detail, and it will provide a rough idea of what your coin’s grade could be—at least enough for you to decide if you should consult a professional. For example, on the $2.50 Liberty Head Gold coin, you might focus on the eagle’s olive branch and arrows. If the olive branch and arrows are considerably worn down and smoothed out, the coin is likely only in good condition.
If the olive branch and arrows still have good texture but feel slightly worn, then the coin could potentially be in fine condition. If the olive branch and arrows appear to be brand new and show up crisply no visible flaws, then the coin might possibly be in extremely fine condition. All the other details of the coin would have to be in similar condition, of course, but this is a good starting point for a layperson.