Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 21,100
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $235.41 (8/14/2020)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 O $2.5 MS obverse 1856 O $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The mintage for the 1856-O Liberty Head quarter eagle is much smaller than for the previous issue of the denomination from the New Orleans Mint. It is correspondingly much rare. The date is extremely rare in Mint State and almost never seen. The highest coin graded to date is an MS 62 example. The coin in the Smithsonian also grades MS 62 and is among the finest known. The rarity for the 1856-O quarter eagle compares very favorably to that of its Southern mint counterparts. The popularity of New Orleans gold has not reached that of the Dahlonega and Charlotte issues, but with more information available, that may someday change. Most coins are struck in typical form for the New Orleans Mint and the era.

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Last Updated: 8/4/2020

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1856 O $2.5 MS
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Base $ 310 355 415 425 1155 1845 2025 2975 3450 7325 11000 45000 - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 153
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/11/2020 1856 O $2.5 MS
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Base----332013203346474--------153
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Total----332013203347474--------154
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 O $2.5 MS PL
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Base551595642717113814831794205633693955464650295334565059796322668070527440784382618697
565610667857125315861881249335644185477351305439575960936441680471817574798284060
0000001881249335644185477351305439575960936441680471817574798200
0000001968293137594415490152325544586962076560692873107708812100
1856 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base77483891610051206158319072197258528603216476853679271974414708229063604857271590826093662832
79586494610721332169120042326267729793733496866689429113991744127287431225787559700615680
0000002004232626772979373349686668942911399174412728743122578755970000
0000002100245627683097425151677970958613053201733166750197584786031800
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 2585
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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