Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 69,200
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $155.72 (8/31/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 S $2.5 MS obverse 1857 S $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

It is interesting to see how neglected the lowly quarter eagle was at the Mint over the decades compared to other denominations. Just looking at 1857, four mints made the quarter eagle, while five made the half eagle--but the total quarter eagle production in Philadelphia, Dahlonega, New Orleans, and San Francisco totals only about 320,000 pieces--less than half the number of gold dollars Philadelphia made all by itself!

San Francisco made 69,200 quarter eagles in 1857, but like most S-mint gold of the 1850s and 1860s, the booming economy and America's bifurcated geography of the time ensured that most pieces were well circulated. Certified survivors average about Choice XF.

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


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1857 S $2.5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 295 315 350 410 490 490 950 1250 1800 3000 5600 6750 9000 - - - - - - - -
$ 550 1050 1400 2000 3300 6250 7500 10000 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 191
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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9/26/2005 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Online Session #385, 385/Lot# 9724 $346.15
11/29/2007 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Houston, TX US Coin Signature Auction #370, 370/Lot# 61546 $3,220.00
2/18/2008 NGC VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 220, 226/Lot# 1099 $264.50
12/4/2008 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2008 December Houston, TX Signature Coin Auction #1118, 1118/Lot# 1857 $2,645.00
7/9/2009 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2009 July West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1127, 1127/Lot# 1322 $2,185.00
12/13/2009 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2783, 2783/Lot# 2701 $414.00
11/3/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 4875 $1,751.45
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1943 $920.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base38141545048752776416922268275930333390360139194485546610532160572478238681400384142942856
39242646250060610731884243128503152346037074107481271541237318965294153913340501419040
000000188424312850315234603707410748127154123731896529415391334050100
000000207625952941327135303813429651398843142152187334048395854096500
1857 S $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base58663168076487411381351153728013349399043444914549358166152650368687248764380548481
60164770880096212091413195829833562410845345107560059286269662469947379778081960
0000001413195829833562410845345107560059286269662469947379778000
0000001475237931663776422647245300570860406386674671217511791700
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 3033
Owner: FredFred
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 2759
Owner: Beau Newman
 
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