Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 2,244
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $175.84 (11/12/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 D $2.5 MS obverse 1859 D $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1859-D Liberty Head quarter eagle is the last issue for the denomination from the Dahlonega Mint. The low mintage of 2,244 and the status of being the last year of issue for the Mint make this a very popular coin. As a brief study of the population reports reveals, there are an unusually large number of About Uncirculated examples and relatively few Mint State coins. The Duke’s Creek specimen is among those and may be the finest known for the date. The finest specimen graded to date has been an MS 62. Most of the coins seen of this date are well struck for the era and Mint. The authors have seen a few partially prooflike examples as well. One of the MS 62 coins sold at auction in August 2015 for $24,675.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/22/2019

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1859 D $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 92
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 62

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1859 D $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----2275111935272--------92
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Total----2275111935282--------93
 ----2 %2 %8 %5 %12 %20 %38 %2 %9 %2 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/19/1995 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 1995 ANA Sale #139, 139/Lot# 7642 $3,410.00
1/17/1996 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 0807, 807/Lot# 813 $3,903.50
9/10/2006 NGC MS 61   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1812 $22,138.00
1/3/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(7), 1166/Lot# 6132 $5,175.00
3/8/2012 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1168/Lot# 3951 $16,100.00
7/26/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 12224 $4,743.75
7/7/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(2), 1237/Lot# 3983 $4,700.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 D $2.5 MS PL
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Base16821828196821942552304733634123496054115988662977629740102550000000
17311875204323132717315236164402511056036202700784219912102550000000
00000036164402511056036202700784219912102550000000
000000387046815261579664157384908110083102550000000
1859 D $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1634173518692087243329103216343736853817494663857487941599180000000
1668178019422202259230123290352037294193542667528130958399180000000
0000003290352037294193542667528130958399180000000
0000003363360237734570590571208772975099180000000
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