Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 7,913
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $148.47 (9/17/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 C $2.5 MS obverse 1856 C $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

By 1856 gold coin production in Charlotte was slowly grinding towards a halt four years later, and the emission of quarter eagles was a small 7,913 coins. Most of them are poorly struck and well circulated, with planchet roughness on the portrait of Liberty and a 'granular crescent' (per Winter) that runs from Liberty's chin down to star 2.

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Last Updated: 10/1/2013

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1856 C $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 84
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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5/30/2005 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 790 $4,830.00
2/5/2006 NGC MS 60   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 984 $11,500.00
4/2/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Spring Collectors Choice Sale', 137/Lot# 874 $6,175.50
2/4/2009 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 2533 $18,400.00
11/3/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 4871 $6,057.05
7/12/2012 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1172/Lot# 4721 $9,200.00
12/31/2012 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3408, 3408/Lot# 1913 $3,795.00
1/9/2013 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1181/Lot# 6905 $1,997.50
11/10/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 116915 $2,594.90


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 C $2.5 MS
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Base12761358144415341629233531493747442047935277556359226685748712077165872319332996342033544136713
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1856 C $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Base13501436152616201718245132943912460649905489578361536938776212467170802382433815350443630537599
1378146615571652196227323500414347345156558759066414721293301400419328271543422435464367360
000000350041434734515655875906641472129330140041932827154342243546400
0000003706437448625322568560296676748710898155422157630484346343588400
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