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: $176.57 (12/9/2019)
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: 8/26/2019

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1879 $2.5 MS
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1879 $2.5 MS PL
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1001
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 61
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: 12/3/2019 1879 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------44430235282552907447154----990
---------------2------2
----------1--1--2-----4
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Total------44430236282552917449174----996
 ------0 %0 %0 %3 %24 %3 %26 %29 %7 %5 %2 %0 %---- 
1879 $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-55--------11
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Total----------1-55--------11
 ----------9 %-45 %45 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/4/1994 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1994 New Orleans Bullet Sale #116, 116/Lot# 676 $1,056.00
8/20/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #66084, 66084/Lot# 23856 $1,437.50
4/16/2007 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 135, 140/Lot# 2544 $345.00
9/14/2008 NGC MS 62   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1390 $345.00
12/30/2012 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3407, 3407/Lot# 3539 $800.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 4134 $1,057.50
5/18/2014 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/18/2014, 168/Lot# 193674 $562.10


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7038538568749119489619741001101810511162226824362613279936225367605588881324320008
7538548628869239529659831007102910881531232424952675307342045596699910340154980
000000965983100710291088153123242495267530734204559669991034000
000000970992101210401125189923802554273733484785582679441179100
1879 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6597838028208568919059169419589901095117312061558192834675158545578711154117176
7007898088328688969099249479691025112111841323168124414031525762609094134190
000000909924947969102511211184132316812441403152576260909400
0000009129339529791060114711951441180529544594535670661031800
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1206
Owner: Coin Maven
 
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