Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 72,120
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $155.92 (8/28/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 S $2.5 MS obverse 1856 S $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Quarter Eagle production commenced at the San Francisco Mint with a paltry delivery of 246 pieces in 1854. The rarity of the 1854-S and the lack of an 1855-S delivery combine to make the 1856-S the first collectible U.S. Quarter Eagle from the California branch mint. Although collectible, the '56-S is anything but common, and even the limited original mintage of 71,120 pieces does not begin to explain the rarity of this date. Judging by current NGC and PCGS population data, the vast majority of survivors are worn to one degree or another.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/1/2013

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1856 S $2.5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 280 290 340 450 550 550 900 985 1500 2250 4600 5400 7750 9750 13250 - - - - - -
$ 600 1050 1175 1750 2600 5250 6000 8500 10750 15500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 192
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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9/2/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131435/Lot# 21725


Auction Prices Realized

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12/5/2005 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #65, 70/Lot# 1032 $747.50
1/3/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 3426 $11,000.00
5/2/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 2846, 2846/Lot# 3376 $47.00
9/19/2010 NGC MS 61   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2773 $3,565.00
7/7/2011 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1157/Lot# 4594 $3,737.50
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7313 $9,775.00
7/12/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1172/Lot# 9856 $347.30
6/23/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 123324 $772.42


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base381415450487527811144618862394267130283238356443615212616970141306418939278884167543108
392426462500621102215922055248627903098334638294644553164509030150222192232483421520
0000001592205524862790309833463829464455316450903015022219223248300
00000017392224257829093168345540954928585067321104716980249053707900
1856 S $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base60765570576487411931438164925262948346137514086525262188236867191229590100761057911101
6236717248009801274150819412666311935573862447455746890838188219278975210243107530
00000015081941266631193557386244745574689083818821927897521024300
00000015782233280732903654397448635896756385268971943499141041100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3028
Owner: Beau Newman
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2671
Owner: JAA USA/Philippines Collection
 
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