|Quarter Eagles 1839 - 1859||Liberty Head 1840-1859|
|Diameter: 18 millimeters||
|Weight: 64.5 grains||Fineness: .900|
|Edge: Reeded||Designer: Christian Gobrecht|
The 1856-D quarter eagle has the lowest mintage (874) of any coin struck at the Dahlonega Mint. This date is by far the worst struck of any of the Dahonega quarter eagles. The surfaces have roughness on both obverse and reverse which give the coin a weird look. The 1856-D is one of the toughest coins from the Dahonega Mint to grade. Original, uncleaned specimens have coloration that ranges from yellow-gold to orange-gold to green-gold. Only a very few specimens exist that have luster and that are attractive, most are ugly with no luster and below average eye appeal. Less than 40 coins survive with only three being Mint State.