Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 2,364
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $176.83 (12/7/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 D $2.5 MS obverse 1857 D $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: After producing the very poorly made 1856-D Liberty Head quarter eagle, the quality for the 1857-D issue is surprisingly good. Most of the known examples are very well struck for the era. It is interesting that the quality of production at the Dahlonega Mint varied greatly, not only by year but also by denomination. While the 1857-D quarter eagle and half eagle are struck well, the gold dollars from 1857 are very poorly made. As the low mintage of only 2,364 coins would suggest, the 1857-D quarter eagle is a very scarce coin in all grades. Most of the coins offered in recent years have been graded from About Uncirculated to MS 60. Most of the Mint State coins have been graded in recent years. An NGC MS 62 plus coin sold for $17,625 in 2013.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/23/2019

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1857 D $2.5 MS
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 65
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64

The chart showing 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1857 D $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----23241224310311------65
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Total-----23241224310411------66
 -----3 %5 %3 %6 %18 %36 %5 %15 %6 %2 %2 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/19/2005 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 2374 $7,187.50
3/17/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(5), 1153/Lot# 9330 $1,380.00
6/1/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1156/Lot# 4488 $6,900.00
2/28/2012 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7315 $7,475.00
4/24/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1184/Lot# 4465 $17,625.00
10/31/2016 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1241/Lot# 5469 $7,343.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 D $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17241828196821942725327034083601441949315568593367377375881711889000000
17591875204323712907331634723874459051435690620169507856984111889000000
00000034723874459051435690620169507856984111889000000
000000353741464760535658116469716283361086511889000000
1857 D $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16341735186920872600312632603447377444855021583660077052851511513000000
16681780194222582775317133223556401146645293589363557540951411513000000
00000033223556401146645293589363557540951411513000000
000000338536654248484255645950670480271051411513000000
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 7540
Owner: Thornton
 
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