Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 72,120
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $235.41 (8/15/2020)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 S $2.5 MS obverse 1856 S $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Quarter Eagle production commenced at the San Francisco Mint with a paltry delivery of 246 pieces in 1854. The rarity of the 1854-S and the lack of an 1855-S delivery combine to make the 1856-S the first collectible U.S. Quarter Eagle from the California branch mint. Although collectible, the '56-S is anything but common, and even the limited original mintage of 71,120 pieces does not begin to explain the rarity of this date. Judging by current NGC and PCGS population data, the vast majority of survivors are worn to one degree or another.

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Last Updated: 8/7/2020

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1856 S $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 315 350 430 455 585 860 1045 1585 3000 4275 5425 7350 12500 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 223
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/11/2020 1856 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11311011292320385681381-------223
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Total11311011292320385691381-------224
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 S $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base60765570576487411931438164925262948346137514086525262188236867191229590100761057911101
6236717248009801274150819412666311935573862447455746890838188219278975210243107530
00000015081941266631193557386244745574689083818821927897521024300
00000015782233280732903654397448635896756385268971943499141041100
1856 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base674802820882900115913631558179922502628367540164669556360077808928912571278884167543108
717808841888986122714281638194923762977378942344967571166078302103831767732484421530
0000001428163819492376297737894234496757116607830210383176773248400
0000001493171921002502332639024451526558597208879511477227823707900
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 4016
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2628
Owner: Beau Newman
 
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