Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 88,960
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $216.05 (4/21/2021)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1879 $2.5 MS obverse 1879 $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck nearly 89,000 gold quarter eagles in 1879. Lower-end mint state examples are not rare, but this date becomes quite elusive in gem or higher. On the other hand, the Mint only struck 30 proofs in the same year. Those are much, much harder to come by, but tend to be in higher grades than the mint state pieces.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/31/2020

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1879 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 415 415 415 435 450 460 460 460 465 485 500 535 835 1150 4000 9000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1650 - 13000 - -
1879 $2.5 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 2800 4000 - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1025
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/20/2021 1879 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------44534245292592937747134----1014
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Total------44534246292592947750154----1021
 ------0%0%0%3%24%3%25%29%8%5%1%0%---- 
1879 $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-55--------11
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Total----------1-55--------11
 ----------9%-45%45%-------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $2.5 MS PL
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Base7038538568749119489619741001101810511162226824362613279936225367605588881324320008
75385486288692395296598310071029108815312324249526753073420455966999103401549821008
000000965983100710291088153123242495267530734204559669991034000
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1879 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6597838028208568919059169419589901095117312061558192834675158545578711154117176
70078980883286889690992494796910251121118413231681244140315257626090941341918035
000000909924947969102511211184132316812441403152576260909400
0000009129339529791060114711951441180529544594535670661031800
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Grade: MS 62 PL
Points: 2436
Owner: DougG
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1928
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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