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: $156.84 (9/22/2017)
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: 8/8/2017

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1879 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 280 290 300 320 340 355 370 380 400 470 525 550 850 1250 4050 10000 - - - -
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1879 $2.5 MS Prooflike
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 958
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/25/2002 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2002 April Columbus, OH (CSNS) Signature Sale #288, 288/Lot# 6884 $368.00
12/14/2005 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2131, 2131/Lot# 2231 $476.00
1/2/2006 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #69, 74/Lot# 1029 $218.50
5/27/2012 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1947 $408.00
7/22/2012 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/22/2012, 32/Lot# 56795 $579.70
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 31181 $898.88
11/10/2015 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 26739 $293.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6597838028208568919059169419589901095117312061558192834675158545578711154117176
7007898088328688969099249479691025112111841323168124414031525762609094134190
000000909924947969102511211184132316812441403152576260909400
0000009129339529791060114711951441180529544594535670661031800
1879 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7038538568749119489619741001101810511162226824362613279936225367605588881324320008
7538548628869239529659831007102910881531232424952675307342045596699910340154980
000000965983100710291088153123242495267530734204559669991034000
000000970992101210401125189923802554273733484785582679441179100
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1206
Owner: Coin Maven
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 990
Owner: GW
 
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