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: $145.61 (4/27/2015)
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: 3/23/2015

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1856 S $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 280 290 340 450 550 900 985 1500 2250 5400 7750 9750 13250 - - - - - -
$ 600 - 1175 1750 2600 6000 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 197
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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12/5/2005 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #65, 70/Lot# 1032 $747.50
5/25/2008 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4567 $1,725.00
11/3/2010 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 4872 $718.75
11/6/2011 NGC MS 60   Teletrade Auction 3167, 3167/Lot# 3475 $1,250.00
2/28/2012 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7314 $1,092.50
8/2/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4482 $2,585.00
9/7/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 163047 $500.00
10/12/2014 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 214424 $3,600.00
11/6/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1211/Lot# 5053 $1,175.00


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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