Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $235.41 (8/14/2020)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 TYPE 1 $2.5 MS obverse 1859 TYPE 1 $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

On this reverse hub, which the Philadelphia Mint used on Liberty quarter eagles dated 1840-1861, the arrowheads are large and the eagle's talons are closed. A rare variety, the 1859 Old Reverse was discovered in the 1960s. Actually, both varieties of the 1859 Liberty quarter eagle are rare, and this issue was produced to the extent of only 39,364 coins. According to Breen (1988), 24,158 of the quarter eagles produced by the Philadelphia Mint this year were of the Old Reverse variety.

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Last Updated: 7/31/2020

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1859 TYPE 1 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 400 415 500 540 595 855 870 995 1135 1750 2350 4300 5750 10000 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 142
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 64

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/11/2020 1859 TYPE 1 $2.5 MS
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Base-----153917631221533------142
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Total-----153917631221533------142
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 TYPE 1 $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6226707217748319151016111015501785208522612407264831983560571367107084747278778297
6386877387938599481047125616281885214323092487283133184277604568347213760780170
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0000001078140317061985220223582567301434394995637769597342774200
1859 TYPE 1 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base86597410131036108812061421157317071865217924952699340642465456103261535123145240742503126015
9019871021105311271278147216181760197022842563293536864649707912001179492345524393253590
00000014721618176019702284256329353686464970791200117949234552439300
00000015221662181220742390263131703966505387031367620547237642471200
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2179
Owner: Long Haul
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 1421
Owner: GregLach
 
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