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: $155.89 (9/21/2017)
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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1856 O $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 145
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62


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2/7/2000 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1268, 1268/Lot# 2003 $844.00
5/25/2008 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4566 $2,875.00
5/28/2008 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 9994 $460.00
11/27/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131149/Lot# 20265 $2,012.50
5/30/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4179 $2,467.50
4/27/2016 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 8719 $540.50
10/31/2016 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1241/Lot# 7815 $940.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 O $2.5 MS
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Base77483891610051206158319072197258528603216476853679271974414708229063604857271590826093662832
79586494610721332169120042326267729793733496866689429113991744127287431225787559700615680
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1856 O $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Base551595642717113814831794205633693955464650295334565059796322668070527440784382618697
565610667857125315861881249335644185477351305439575960936441680471817574798284060
0000001881249335644185477351305439575960936441680471817574798200
0000001968293137594415490152325544586962076560692873107708812100
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 2860
Owner: GregLach
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 2585
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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