1859 P Coronet Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle : Old Reverse - Large Letters

Liberty Head - Early Matron Gold Coins

Mintage: 39,444
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: Christian Gobrecht
Metal Composition: 90% Gold - 10% Copper

Diameter: 18 mm
Mass / Weight: 4.18 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1859 Liberty Head $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle - Old Reverse - Type 1
One major variety of the 1859 Liberty Head Gold $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle features the Type 1 Old Reverse.

The old reverse features larger and thicker letters along with more spacing between the letters and rim of the coin. The new reverse features smaller letters with more spacing between the letters - yet less spacing between the letters and rim of the coin.

There are also differences in the designs of the arrows as well. The old reverse features the arrowheads spaced more closely together. The back of the arrow (fletch) is also nearly touching the eagle's claw. The new reverse features much more spacing between the arrowheads and there is also greater spacing between the back of the arrow and the eagle claw. The difference between the Old Reverse vs New Reverse (Type 1 vs Type 2) is depicted below in the example comparison image:

1859 Old Reverse vs New Reverse $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle - Difference and Comparison
Coin valuation chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth per grade or condition - in USD
Good
(G-4)
Very Good
(VG-8)
Fine
(F-12)
Very Fine
(VF-20)
Extremely Fine
(EF-40)
About Uncirculated
(AU-50)
Uncirculated
(MS-60)
Uncirculated
(MS-63)
Proof
(PR-63)
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MELT VALUE: $141.89


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