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: $155.09 (10/24/2017)
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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Last Updated: 8/8/2017

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1856 D $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/8/1999 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 1999 F.U.N. Signature Sale #195, 195/Lot# 7657 $44,850.00
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
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
10/31/2016 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1241/Lot# 5467 $13,512.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 $2.5 MS D Prooflike
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1856 $2.5 MS D
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Base223323023009424649356509726479108315864498541146012178127571335617783228092981039698410814249943952
225625383421447654606761747980458425904710389116991237112957148321945825143331064015941554429830
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 12178
Owner: Coin Guy
 
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