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: $154.86 (10/22/2017)
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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Last Updated: 8/8/2017

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1859 D $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 98
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
1/10/1996 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 0805, 805/Lot# 847 $3,165.00
9/19/2005 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 2375 $6,900.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(5), 1166/Lot# 4766 $46,000.00
2/27/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(4), 1203/Lot# 5193 $2,115.00
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10199 $44,062.50
1/4/2017 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(6), 1251/Lot# 6605 $1,762.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 $2.5 MS D Prooflike
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17151818192520372341304937404402511056036100648072788916120291763524802354844514746667482240
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1859 $2.5 MS D
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Base16341730186520872319305733033564378338854512640072589122991815117211613013743638451204663948196
16661775193921642565313933903637381740945141668678799387116511713224153346374413245626471580
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0000003477371038514303577169728501965313384191462714539138446264613300
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