Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 3,677
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $159.83 (8/28/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1855 C $2.5 MS obverse 1855 C $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1855-C Liberty Head quarter eagle has the lowest mintage of any issue from the Charlotte Mint. The mintage of the 1843-C Small Date may be lower, but that can only be estimated. The quality of striking for the year was atrocious. Most specimens are weakly struck and on flawed planchets. Scattered die chips are a hallmark for the issue. Every coin examined has a small rim cud on the reverse below the denomination. Any 1855-C quarter eagle is very rare, and the date only appears at auction a few times each year. Most examples seen are in the Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated range. Mint State coins are extremely rare. The finest coin ever offered was the phenomenal Harry W. Bass Jr. example, which grades NGC MS 65 and hands-down the best known. It sold for $97,750 in 2012.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/3/2016

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1855 C $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1150 1350 1900 2350 4150 5800 6450 8400 12000 19250 22500 31500 50000 72500 140000 - - - - -
$ - - - - 13750 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 71
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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Price
11/22/2000 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1380, 1380/Lot# 1630 $3,692.50
3/1/2006 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 March Palm Beach, FL Signature Auction #412, 412/Lot# 1751 $13,225.00
5/28/2006 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3705 $7,762.50
5/27/2007 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1503 $5,290.00
11/3/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 4867 $8,050.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(5), 1166/Lot# 4762 $97,750.00
8/2/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4480 $5,581.25
11/10/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 116891 $2,145.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 C $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1753184320092401267135063843408042754793556367207138815395881091913606173700000
17831898214024912949361839224145444850505949685974768631100321181514861173700000
00000039224145444850505949685974768631100321181514861173700000
00000040014210462053066334699978159110104751271016115173700000
1855 C $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1895200521202579279937084012425544574990640169737403840097971128214032178800000
19322043227326523102380940934322463554606592711677358866102921219915315178800000
00000040934322463554606592711677358866102921219915315178800000
00000041744390481259316782726080689331107871311516597178800000
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 5050
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
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