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: $160.43 (9/30/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Last Updated: 6/6/2016

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1856 C $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 92
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
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
12/6/2009 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2780, 2780/Lot# 2440 $3,565.00
10/17/2012 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5376 $2,990.00
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
11/10/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 116915 $2,594.90
10/8/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1210/Lot# 4225 $1,410.00
9/9/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(3), 1244/Lot# 13968 $7,637.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 C $2.5 MS
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1856 C $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6473
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
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