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: $156.92 (9/24/2017)
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
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 184
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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12/9/1994 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 1994 December St. Louis Bullet Sale #126, 126/Lot# 641 $935.00
7/20/1998 NGC F 15   Teletrade Auction 1068, 1068/Lot# 1880 $137.15
1/3/2012 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(10), 1166/Lot# 12634 $388.70
9/2/2012 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 2013 $1,725.00
10/18/2012 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1175/Lot# 5583 $4,406.25
6/27/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2462 $1,880.00
10/19/2014 NGC G 6   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 826, 835/Lot# 277 $275.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 S $2.5 MS
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Base774865891933990108114211730194922502985408045525137546610532160572478238681400384142942856
804874905952102011941524180320492495335042374747524771551237418965294153913340502419050
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1857 S $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base58663168076487411381351153728013349399043444914549358166152650368687248764380548481
60164770880096212091413195829833562410845345107560059286269662469947379778081960
0000001413195829833562410845345107560059286269662469947379778000
0000001475237931663776422647245300570860406386674671217511791700
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 2250
Owner: Coin Maven
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2250
Owner: FredFred
 
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