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

1859 $2.50 Old Reverse (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

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PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
97788
Diameter:
18.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
4.18 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
39,364
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$46,000 • NGC MS67 • 3-31-2011 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 75 R-8.2 19 / 147 TIE 19 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 57 / 147 TIE 57 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 147 TIE 1 / 147 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Norweb Collection - Heritage 1/2016:6376, $8,812.50

1 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2012:4779, $7,637.50

1 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  

Heritage 3/2016:5042, $4,700

4 MS63 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Norweb Collection - Heritage 1/2016:6376, $8,812.50

1 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2012:4779, $7,637.50

1 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  

Heritage 3/2016:5042, $4,700

4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
Gordon Wrubel: Quickfinder Notes: There is a very simple way to distinguish the Old Reverse from the New Reverse die. Just look at the "O" in "OF". The Old Reverse has an OVAL "O", and the New Reverse has a ROUND "O". The branch mint issues of Dahlonega and San Francisco (none were issued by the Charlotte Mint in 1859), all use the Old Reverse die. The 1861 Old Reverse is about twice as rare as the New Reverse and carries a hefty premium.