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: $155.63 (10/17/2017)
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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Last Updated: 8/8/2017

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1857 D $2.5 MS
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Base $ 1025 1175 1450 1775 3100 4300 5000 6400 8750 13500 15250 21750 36000 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 60
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2426 $18,400.00
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
12/8/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(3), 1162/Lot# 4418 $1,063.75
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
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10198 $6,168.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 $2.5 MS D Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16001697185220792261319833073410441949315568593367377375846689109370984710343108561138811939
16321748192721392573323433413746458951435689620169497738861490639529100121051411033115710
0000003341374645895143568962016949773886149063952910012105141103300
0000003375408247605355581164697162810287629216968810177106851121000
1857 $2.5 MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16341730186520872319305733453564381742614876583661297045851511513156572168530568317083288034083
1666177519392164256531533418364839654466519659346434753595141289417666246463094832099332810
000000341836483965446651965934643475359514128941766624646309483209900
0000003491373341134671551660316740802510514142761967627607313283248900
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 7535
Owner: Thornton
 
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