Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 874
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $183.24 (8/18/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 D $2.5 MS obverse 1856 D $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1856-D Liberty Head quarter eagle is one of the very few United States coins with a mintage of fewer than 1,000 pieces. As such, the date is extremely desirable in all grades. It is also the rarest quarter eagle from the Dahlonega Mint. Unfortunately, the 1856-D quarter eagle is one of the most poorly made United States gold coins. The coins have a very crude look. Planchet flaws are also sometimes encountered for this date. Just five or six coins have been graded at the Mint State level. Most of these have been graded in the last few years using slightly more liberal standards than in the past. The most recent appearance of a MS 61 coin was in January 2012 at $69,000. The Smithsonian contains an outstanding coin that could grade Mint State.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/24/2019

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1856 D $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1750 3000 6350 9000 23000 32500 35000 40000 54000 84500 102500 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 17
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 61

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/13/2019 1856 D $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----122--44-4---------17
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Total----122--44-4---------17
 ----6 %12 %12 %--24 %24 %-24 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/6/2006 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 1513 $71,875.00
8/2/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(4), 1173/Lot# 5299 $38,187.50
8/2/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(4), 1173/Lot# 5298 $30,550.00
4/6/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 183216 $25,300.00
7/6/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 199/Lot# 206350 $30,965.00
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10197 $47,000.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 $2.5 MS D Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33313498367144275137675774158494907695541019011883126741316300000000
33873556392346645677697677758688923597661075412147128371316300000000
00000077758688923597661075412147128371316300000000
00000081348882939599781131912410130001316300000000
1856 $2.5 MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2233230230094246493565097150820084288849985411506122791275700000000
22562538342144765460672375008276856891841040511764124381275700000000
00000075008276856891841040511764124381275700000000
00000078508352870995191095512021125981275700000000
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 12279
Owner: Coin Guy
 
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