Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 43,500
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $213.52 (6/18/2021)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1879 S $2.5 MS obverse 1879 S $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Although the San Francisco Mint struck some 43,500 gold quarter eagles in 1879, few have survived in high grade today. Instead, they were placed in circulation or mishandled in bags, making examples above MS63 nearly impossible to locate.

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Last Updated: 8/31/2020

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1879 S $2.5 MS
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Base $ 425 425 435 450 460 470 500 585 1000 1850 2250 4000 6000 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 25000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 249
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/15/2021 1879 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----13322625578221251-------246
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Total----13322625578221251-------246
 ----0%1%13%11%10%23%33%1%5%2%0%------- 
1879 S $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-2---------3
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Total----------1-2---------3
 ----------33%-67%--------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 S $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6978358568749119489619741221144120072680294134744364700895541422121465223442324924181
743842862886923952965105612941630223127673119377152457857111101663621758226462356025390
0000009651056129416302231276731193771524578571111016636217582264600
0000009701139136818182456285432964067612787051266519050220512294700
1879 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6537838028208568919059161152136319072555280733244172675392341379020881217422262923543
69678980883286889690999512221544212326392979360750327580107531615421168220382293424720
000000909995122215442123263929793607503275801075316154211682203800
0000009121073129317262339272331523889589384071227118517214552233300
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3324
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 61 PL
Points: 2941
Owner: DougG
 
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