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SERIES: Liberty Head $2 1/2 1840-1907
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1859-S $2.50 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS61
PCGS #:
7790
Diameter:
18.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
4.18 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
15,200
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$23,100 • PCGS MS64 • 8-12-1996 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 estimated grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail 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  
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.