Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 7,913
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $215.63 (4/21/2021)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Link to this coin

1856 C $2.5 MS obverse 1856 C $2.5 MS reverse
Expand All    Collapse All

Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The quality of striking for the 1856-C Liberty Head quarter eagle is one of the worst for the entire series from the Charlotte Mint. The coins were struck on very rough planchets and are usually weak in the central portions of the obverse. The surfaces of most coins have the appearance of granularity and lack greatly in eye-appeal. The 1856-C quarter eagle is rarely offered for sale. Most of the coins that do appear are well circulated and poorly made. The punches for the date are quite small and almost appear undersized. Just a few Mint State coins are known, with one of the finest being the Smithsonian example. The coin in the famous Elrod Collection was also a standout and among the finest surviving specimens. The finest to appear at auction is an NGC MS 63 that sold for $19,550 in 2012.

GRADE SUMMARY

Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation

 
NGC PRICE GUIDE
NGC CENSUS
AUCTION PRICES REALIZED
NGC REGISTRY
SCORE
FIND IT ON EBAY

Select Grade

Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/21/2019

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1856 C $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1000 1300 1500 2250 2800 4000 4750 6000 7500 10000 11500 22500 26000 - - - - - - -

NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer

Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 98
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/20/2021 1856 C $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----56111012191948211------98
-----------------------
-----------------------
-----------------------
Total----56111012191948211------98
 ----5%6%11%10%12%19%19%4%8%2%1%1%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 C $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16441749184720722381312434533722414043961644615367207875868112467000000
16791782192221752629323435433861422543963147634271058144994312467000000
00000035433861422543963147634271058144994312467000000
000000363240014311439646506531749084121120512467000000
1856 C $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15581609170718862161291033343675400042904817551558367287775612077000000
15751642176719782411305134483783409744665050562263207443919612077000000
00000034483783409744665050562263207443919612077000000
000000356138924193464152825729680376001063712077000000
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 61
Points: 5836
Owner: Hornets Nest Collection
 
View the Registry Image Gallery

Related Articles

NGC Certifies Hornets Nest Collection of Charlotte Mint Gold Coins

9/1/2016 — NGC grades the first complete set of Charlotte Mint gold coins ever assembled.
View full article >


NGC Auction Central Disclaimer

NGC Auction Central Disclaimer

Disclaimer: The auction prices realized listed in the NGC Auction Central are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. The auction data listed by NGC may occasionally contain typographical or input errors that can result in incorrect prices realized appearing on the NGC website. Therefore, the prices realized listed in NGC Auction Central are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and facts that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and – when appropriate – expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Auction Central. By using the NGC Auction Central, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the NGC Auction Central.