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: $154.51 (11/20/2017)
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: 8/8/2017

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1856 C $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 93
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/13/1999 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 1999 ANA Signature Sale #208, 208/Lot# 7864 $2,070.00
9/10/2006 NGC AU 55   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1809 $4,888.00
4/2/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Spring Collectors Choice Sale', 137/Lot# 874 $6,175.50
5/24/2009 NGC MS 61   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 1208 $7,360.00
9/27/2009 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2750, 2750/Lot# 2302 $16,100.00
10/17/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5375 $4,025.00
7/27/2013 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5070 $3,113.75
11/10/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 116915 $2,594.90
1/4/2017 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(6), 1251/Lot# 6599 $2,837.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 $2.5 MS C Prooflike
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1856 $2.5 MS C
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 5836
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
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