1879-S $2.50 (Regular Strike)

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

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

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PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS61

PCGS MS61

PCGS #:
7831
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
18.00 millimeters
Weight:
4.18 grams
Mintage:
43,500
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 500 R-6.0 109 / 147 TIE 109 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 14 R-9.4 74 / 147 TIE 74 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 147 1 / 147
Survival Estimate
All Grades 500
60 or Better 14
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.0
60 or Better R-9.4
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 109 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 74 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 147
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 109 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 74 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 147

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS63 PCGS grade
2 MS63 PCGS grade
2 MS63 estimated grade
5 MS62 PCGS grade
5 MS62 PCGS grade
5 MS62 PCGS grade
5 MS62 estimated grade
5 MS62 estimated grade
10 MS61 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS63 PCGS grade
#2 MS63 PCGS grade
#2 MS63 estimated grade
#5 MS62 PCGS grade
#5 MS62 PCGS grade
#5 MS62 PCGS grade
#5 MS62 estimated grade
#5 MS62 estimated grade
#10 MS61 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): The last year of quarter eagle coinage at the San Francisco Mint. Although not a great rarity, the 1879-S is certainly more scarce than most people realize. Its 61 auction appearances in our 226 catalogue auction survey give it a higher rarity rating than many other dates in this series with much bigger reputations and/or lower mintages. Although reasonably available in lower grades, choice uncirculated specimens are surprisingly difficult to obtain.