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: $152.79 (5/22/2017)
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: 6/8/2016

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1879 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 270 280 315 345 360 375 405 415 425 500 600 675 1025 1350 4300 7750 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1750 - 17500 - -
1879 $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1700 - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 950
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
11/6/1996 NGC MS 60   Teletrade Auction 0891, 891/Lot# 1929 $242.65
5/29/2011 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1343 $322.00
2/2/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1167/Lot# 4654 $3,220.00
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(6), 1173/Lot# 9212 $822.50
9/7/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 204390 $1,850.00
11/2/2014 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10535 $525.00
11/10/2015 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 26739 $293.75
8/7/2016 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131633/Lot# 25478 $376.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3273543864204565275635976186316506637159971351188630574141545578711154117176
3363643974324795395746046226376546808091115152922763418457962609094134190
000000574604622637654680809111515292276341845796260909400
0000005856116266436586979031233170726663779501770651031700
1879 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base39843146950754959361564065967469570976410601429198531984319605588881324320008
40944348152156360062364666468169972786211831614238935714897699910339154980
0000006236466646816997278621183161423893571489769991033900
0000006316526696887047459611306179927933945547679431179100
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 997
Owner: Coin Maven
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 650
Owner: GW
 
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