1859-S $2.50 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $2 1/2 1840-1907

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS61

PCGS MS61

PCGS #:
7790
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
18.00 millimeters
Weight:
4.18 grams
Mintage:
15,200
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 85 R-8.1 27 / 147 TIE 27 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 27 / 147 TIE 27 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 147 1 / 147
Survival Estimate
All Grades 85
60 or Better 5
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.1
60 or Better R-9.7
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 27 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 27 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 147
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 27 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 27 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 147

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 estimated grade
4 MS63 PCGS grade
4 MS63 PCGS grade
6 MS62 PCGS grade
6 MS62 estimated grade
8 MS61 PCGS grade
8 MS61 PCGS grade
8 MS61 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 estimated grade
#4 MS63 PCGS grade
#4 MS63 PCGS grade
#6 MS62 PCGS grade
#6 MS62 estimated grade
#8 MS61 PCGS grade
#8 MS61 PCGS grade
#8 MS61 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): The 1859-S is one of the many underrated dates in the quarter eagle series. As the auction records show, high grade examples are very rare. I have seen only two strictly uncirculated pieces, the finest being one that Paramount sold several years ago, a full MS-65 coin. Actually, there are not very many around in any grade, and this is one of the real "sleepers" in the series. Note: the 1859-S and 1859-D do not have the modified reverse that appears on the 1859 Philadelphia Mint quarter eagle, but rather use the old reverse with the larger letters and heavier arrows that was used from 1840 to 1858.