Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 34,000
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $161.38 (7/28/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 O $2.5 MS obverse 1857 O $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The year 1857 marked the last year for the production of Liberty Head quarter eagle at the New Orleans Mint. The mintage was a modest 34,000 coins and most encountered heavy circulation. The collecting of coins by mintmark was virtually unknown at the time, and it is a miracle that any survived at all in Mint State. The 1857-O quarter eagle is scarce in About Uncirculated levels and quite rare in full Mint State condition. The finest pieces graded to date are limited to just a couple at the MS 64 level. The issue is usually seen well struck, and a few representatives are deeply prooflike. It is reported that a quantity of the date was found among the gold coins in the Jackson, Tennessee hoard. Many of the coins from that group were mishandled, and the quality of pieces is unknown. One of the MS 64 coins sold for $19,550 in 2007.

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1857 O $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 266
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64


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1/8/1999 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1999 F.U.N. Signature Sale #195, 195/Lot# 7954 $5,290.00
11/7/2003 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 7217 $2,070.00
4/26/2007 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2359, 2359/Lot# 1184 $1,400.00
2/10/2008 NGC AU 58   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2301 $2,300.00
6/13/2011 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 592, 599/Lot# 1430 $897.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5378 $1,380.00
5/25/2014 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 193952 $523.60
4/22/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1219/Lot# 6081 $1,057.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3814154504875277931549204824832727304732383447409551586685116931739126231400864147842906
3924264625006151045171521932564283331103307366344495667835413592203373084940550419540
00000017152193256428333110330736634449566783541359220337308494055000
000000188123382645294031743377387948036176100231549123284354674101400
1857 O $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base53958462969283110101538192826102963340636613922473462866642701373997800821786519101
55459965073889011861668215527273110349137484192525164046765714175327939836188010
0000001668215527273110349137484192525164046765714175327939836100
0000001798238228453258357638354463576865236889727076668078850600
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