Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 80
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $158.29 (7/29/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1859 $2.5 PF obverse 1859 $2.5 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Apparently all 1859 Proof Quarter Eagles were of the old style, although Walter Breen, in his Proof Encyclopedia, incorrectly identified these as having the new reverse hub. He had corrected his mistake by the time his Complete Encyclopedia was published 11 years later. In the Pittman Collection catalog, David Akers reported a single Proof from the New Hub, part of the Byron Reed Collection. He continued to suggest that 10 to 12 Proof examples of this date survive. Earlier estimates by Walter Breen and others placed the total number of survivors at seven or eight coins. Plate matching from earlier catalogs is nearly an impossible task, especially when it comes to Proof gold coins. We believe that the actual population of 1859 Proof Quarter Eagles is nine or ten coins.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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1859 $2.5 PF
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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8/9/2014 PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5629


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8/17/1996 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 1996 ANA Signature Sale #163, 163/Lot# 8212 $36,300.00
4/25/2002 NGC PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2002 April Columbus, OH (CSNS) Signature Sale #288, 288/Lot# 6894 $36,800.00
7/27/2005 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 10323 $80,500.00


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NGC Registry Score 1859 $2.5 PF
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