Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 69,200
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $177.98 (11/20/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 S $2.5 MS obverse 1857 S $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

It is interesting to see how neglected the lowly quarter eagle was at the Mint over the decades compared to other denominations. Just looking at 1857, four mints made the quarter eagle, while five made the half eagle--but the total quarter eagle production in Philadelphia, Dahlonega, New Orleans, and San Francisco totals only about 320,000 pieces--less than half the number of gold dollars Philadelphia made all by itself!

San Francisco made 69,200 quarter eagles in 1857, but like most S-mint gold of the 1850s and 1860s, the booming economy and America's bifurcated geography of the time ensured that most pieces were well circulated. Certified survivors average about Choice XF.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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1857 S $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 325 340 375 490 575 850 1000 1350 2750 5250 6000 10000 15000 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 189
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

The chart showing 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: 11/19/2019 1857 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-145126111215396411441-------189
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Total-145126111215396411441-------189
 -1 %2 %3 %6 %3 %6 %6 %8 %21 %34 %1 %7 %2 %1 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
9/12/2005 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 2091, 2091/Lot# 2685 $280.00
2/18/2008 NGC VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 220, 226/Lot# 1099 $264.50
7/31/2009 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 8840 $1,092.50
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1943 $920.00
3/28/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6182 $2,056.25
2/4/2016 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1232/Lot# 7690 $1,116.25
9/7/2016 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1239/Lot# 4494 $1,292.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 S $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base58663168076487411381351153728013349399043444914549358166152650368687248764380548481
60164770880096212091413195829833562410845345107560059286269662469947379778081960
0000001413195829833562410845345107560059286269662469947379778000
0000001475237931663776422647245300570860406386674671217511791700
1857 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base774865891933990108114211730194922502985408045525137546610532160572478238681400384142942856
804874905952102011941524180320492495335042374747524771551237418965294153913340502419050
000000152418032049249533504237474752477155123741896529415391334050200
000000162718762150274037154395494253568843142152187434048395864096500
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2985
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2250
Owner: Coin Maven
 
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