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: $176.83 (12/7/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 C $2.5 MS obverse 1856 C $2.5 MS reverse
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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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/21/2019

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1856 C $2.5 MS
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 96
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: 12/3/2019 1856 C $2.5 MS
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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/30/2005 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 790 $4,830.00
4/2/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Spring Collectors Choice Sale', 137/Lot# 874 $6,175.50
11/3/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 4871 $6,057.05
4/8/2012 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3255, 3255/Lot# 3267 $1,800.00
12/1/2013 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 133746 $3,523.30
8/12/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1223/Lot# 6046 $4,230.00
10/31/2016 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1241/Lot# 5466 $7,931.25
10/31/2016 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1241/Lot# 4369 $3,407.50
1/4/2017 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(4), 1251/Lot# 5811 $18,800.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 C $2.5 MS PL
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1856 C $2.5 MS
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Base15581609170718862161291033343675400042904817551558367287775612077000000
15751642176719782411305134483783409744665050562263207443919612077000000
00000034483783409744665050562263207443919612077000000
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 5836
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
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