Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 2,244
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $155.27 (8/28/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1859 D $2.5 MS obverse 1859 D $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This popular final year of issue Dahlonega quarter eagle has an original mintage of only 2,244 coins. There are an estimated 120-140 pieces known, with most of these in the XF40 to AU53 grade range. The 1859-D is very rare in Uncirculated with an estimated five or six pieces known.

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Last Updated: 6/17/2014

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1859 D $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 86
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/17/1996 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 0807, 807/Lot# 813 $3,903.50
1/9/2002 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2002 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #280, 280/Lot# 7998 $18,400.00
5/24/2009 NGC MS 61   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 1211 $13,225.00
8/11/2011 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7456 $14,950.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(5), 1166/Lot# 4766 $46,000.00
3/28/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6183 $7,050.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 D $2.5 MS
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Base15951691179318992009267133963952476352015762608965457960991815117211613013743638451204663948196
16271725182819352229291235814222490953885871624170168612116511713124153346374413245626471580
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1859 D $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Base168217831889199921132799354941234960541159886324679482471025515578217513090444645461524769749280
17151818192520372341304937404402511056036100648072788916120291763524802354844514746667482240
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0000003931468152605795621266377762958513803196932785340064456494718200
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