Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 874
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $154.51 (5/5/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 D $2.5 MS obverse 1856 D $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1856-D Liberty Head quarter eagle is one of the very few United States coins with a mintage of fewer than 1,000 pieces. As such, the date is extremely desirable in all grades. It is also the rarest quarter eagle from the Dahlonega Mint. Unfortunately, the 1856-D quarter eagle is one of the most poorly made United States gold coins. The coins have a very crude look. Planchet flaws are also sometimes encountered for this date. Just five or six coins have been graded at the Mint State level. Most of these have been graded in the last few years using slightly more liberal standards than in the past. The most recent appearance of a MS 61 coin was in January 2012 at $69,000. The Smithsonian contains an outstanding coin that could grade Mint State.

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1856 D $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 16
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 61


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Auction Prices Realized

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8/2/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(4), 1173/Lot# 5298 $30,550.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3246 $69,000.00
7/11/2013 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1187/Lot# 3299 $9,400.00
4/6/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 183216 $25,300.00
7/6/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 199/Lot# 206350 $30,965.00
1/7/2015 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1216/Lot# 4241 $18,800.00
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10197 $47,000.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 D $2.5 MS
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Base318533463514368838685158682079608768923498541022610401110471217817783228092981039698410814249943952
32383402357237484298571272008229892394409978102841061611424140461945825142331064015941553429830
0000007200822989239440997810284106161142414046194582514233106401594155300
00000075808498907896471010210342108311180115914211332747636402406204202600
1856 D $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Base3331349836713851403753677077824790769554101901057110751114131257118302234333057040637420444348644965
338635553731391344805937746785239235976610317106311097111799144812001225812339254110642524439790
00000074678523923597661031710631109711179914481200122581233925411064252400
00000078578799939499781044410691111921218516391217222819137281415754300500
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