Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 3,677
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $156.86 (9/22/2017)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1855 C $2.5 MS obverse 1855 C $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1855-C Liberty Head quarter eagle has the lowest mintage of any issue from the Charlotte Mint. The mintage of the 1843-C Small Date may be lower, but that can only be estimated. The quality of striking for the year was atrocious. Most specimens are weakly struck and on flawed planchets. Scattered die chips are a hallmark for the issue. Every coin examined has a small rim cud on the reverse below the denomination. Any 1855-C quarter eagle is very rare, and the date only appears at auction a few times each year. Most examples seen are in the Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated range. Mint State coins are extremely rare. The finest coin ever offered was the phenomenal Harry W. Bass Jr. example, which grades NGC MS 65 and hands-down the best known. It sold for $97,750 in 2012.

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Last Updated: 8/8/2017

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1855 C $2.5 MS
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Base $ 1100 1300 1700 2200 4350 5700 6350 7250 11000 18750 22000 30500 52000 71500 127500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 67
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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Grade
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Sale / Lot
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11/22/2000 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1380, 1380/Lot# 1630 $3,692.50
1/12/2005 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 8779 $9,487.50
5/28/2006 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3705 $7,762.50
2/22/2013 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 2142 $11,162.50
11/10/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 116891 $2,145.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5363 $23,500.00
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10207 $23,500.00
8/2/2017 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2017 August 2 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Denver Session(5), 1258/Lot# 5512 $3,760.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 C $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1753179919692268258535833834404842464499536766517077800997231086713197173700000
17681856206923742918366739054114433047885795679373888580101041164414588173700000
00000039054114433047885795679373888580101041164414588173700000
00000039774180441550786223693576989152104861242015979173700000
1855 C $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1895200521202579279937084012425544574990640169737403840097971128214032178800000
19322043227326523102380940934322463554606592711677358866102921219915315178800000
00000040934322463554606592711677358866102921219915315178800000
00000041744390481259316782726080689331107871311516597178800000
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 7077
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
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