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: $176.98 (11/13/2019)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/23/2019

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1879 S $2.5 MS
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Base $ 300 310 320 335 345 400 490 575 1000 1850 2250 4000 6000 - - - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 246
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: 11/12/2019 1879 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----13322524558231251-------243
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Total----13322524558231251-------243
 ----0 %1 %13 %10 %10 %23 %34 %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 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 2164 $488.75
1/30/2011 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3004, 3004/Lot# 3267 $718.75
1/9/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1181/Lot# 12774 $822.50
6/16/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/16/2013, 79/Lot# 120582 $245.30
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6469 $18,800.00
11/10/2015 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 26740 $258.50
7/7/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(5), 1237/Lot# 7856 $591.03
8/29/2018 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131836/Lot# 21723 $372.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 S $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6978358568749119489619741221144120072680294134744364700895541422121465223442324924181
74384286288692395296510561294163022312767311937715245785711110166362175822646235600
0000009651056129416302231276731193771524578571111016636217582264600
0000009701139136818182456285432964067612787051266519050220512294700
1879 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6537838028208568919059161152136319072555280733244172675392341379020881217422262923543
6967898088328688969099951222154421232639297936075032758010753161542116822038229340
000000909995122215442123263929793607503275801075316154211682203800
0000009121073129317262339272331523889589384071227118517214552233300
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3324
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1907
Owner: Ed Ron Collection
 
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