Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 7,913
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $148.90 (5/24/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 C $2.5 MS obverse 1856 C $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The quality of striking for the 1856-C Liberty Head quarter eagle is one of the worst for the entire series from the Charlotte Mint. The coins were struck on very rough planchets and are usually weak in the central portions of the obverse. The surfaces of most coins have the appearance of granularity and lack greatly in eye-appeal. The 1856-C quarter eagle is rarely offered for sale. Most of the coins that do appear are well circulated and poorly made. The punches for the date are quite small and almost appear undersized. Just a few Mint State coins are known, with one of the finest being the Smithsonian example. The coin in the famous Elrod Collection was also a standout and among the finest surviving specimens. The finest to appear at auction is an NGC MS 63 that sold for $19,550 in 2012.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 89
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/8/1999 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 1999 F.U.N. Signature Sale #195, 195/Lot# 7768 $6,095.00
5/30/2005 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 790 $4,830.00
4/2/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Spring Collectors Choice Sale', 137/Lot# 874 $6,175.50
9/27/2009 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2750, 2750/Lot# 2302 $16,100.00
4/24/2013 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5510 $3,642.50
7/27/2013 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5070 $3,113.75
12/1/2013 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 133746 $3,523.30
11/5/2015 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 21017 $2,585.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 C $2.5 MS
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1856 C $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Base13501436152616201718245132943912460649905489578361536938776212467170802382433815350443630537599
1378146615571652196227323500414347345156558759066414721293301400419328271543422435464367360
000000350041434734515655875906641472129330140041932827154342243546400
0000003706437448625322568560296676748710898155422157630484346343588400
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