Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 2,244
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $146.77 (5/30/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1859 D $2.5 MS obverse 1859 D $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1859-D Liberty Head quarter eagle is the last issue for the denomination from the Dahlonega Mint. The low mintage of 2,244 and the status of being the last year of issue for the Mint make this a very popular coin. As a brief study of the population reports reveals, there are an unusually large number of About Uncirculated examples and relatively few Mint State coins. The Duke’s Creek specimen is among those and may be the finest known for the date. The finest specimen graded to date has been an MS 62. Most of the coins seen of this date are well struck for the era and Mint. The authors have seen a few partially prooflike examples as well. One of the MS 62 coins sold at auction in August 2015 for $24,675.

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Last Updated: 9/29/2015

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1859 D $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 92
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/17/1996 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 0807, 807/Lot# 813 $3,903.50
4/6/2006 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 1515 $37,375.00
9/10/2006 NGC MS 61   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1812 $22,138.00
1/3/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(7), 1166/Lot# 6132 $5,175.00
7/26/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 12224 $4,743.75
2/27/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(4), 1203/Lot# 5193 $2,115.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 D $2.5 MS
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Base15951691179318992009267133963952476352015762608965457960991815117211613013743638451204663948196
16271725182819352229291235814222490953885871624170168612116511713124153346374413245626471580
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0000003766449250555575598063937488926513384191462714539137446264613200
1859 D $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Base168217831889199921132799354941234960541159886324679482471025515578217513090444645461524769749280
17151818192520372341304937404402511056036100648072788916120291763524802354844514746667482240
0000003740440251105603610064807278891612029176352480235484451474666700
0000003931468152605795621266377762958513803196932785340064456494718200
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