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: $216.14 (4/22/2021)
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: 8/21/2019

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1856 D $2.5 MS
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Base $ 2750 4250 10000 14000 17750 30000 32500 42500 54000 84500 92500 - - - - - - - - -

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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: 4/20/2021 1856 D $2.5 MS
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Base----122--44-4---------17
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Total----122--44-4---------17
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NGC Registry

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