Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 48
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $158.27 (7/22/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1889 $2.5 PF obverse 1889 $2.5 PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

The 1889 is a curious issue regarding what has been published about its relative rarity. Only 48 proofs were originally produced. Taglione estimates that fewer than 30 examples known, 5 of which have remained in the same Philadelphia estate since the turn of the century. He also states that the 1889 is 'not more rare in absolute terms than the 1881 or 1885 Proofs.' On the other hand, Akers says he has seen fewer 1889 proofs than 1881 or 1885 dated coins. Where does the truth lie? In our experience we would have to concur with David Akers as we have not offered an 1889 proof in at least eight years (10/03), and we have sold several of the other dates on multiple occasions.

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1889 $2.5 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 4050 4550 5400 7650 14000 30000 39500 - - - -
$ - - - - - 4400 4900 5650 8200 15500 33000 42000 - -
1889 $2.5 PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 5650 8650 16000 31000 43000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 6250 9400 17500 34000 45500 - -
1889 $2.5 PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 47500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 15
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66


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8/9/2014 PF 65   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5632


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1/10/1998 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 1998 F.U.N. Signature Sale #181, 181/Lot# 7648 $14,662.50
1/28/2004 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 6846 $8,912.50
2/9/2006 NGC PF 63   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2006 February Long Beach Signature Auction #400, 400/Lot# 2709 $7,475.00
8/8/2007 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2007 Milwaukee, WI (ANA) Signature Coin Auction #444, 444/Lot# 1850 $24,150.00
8/11/2010 PCGS PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 3432 $48,875.00
3/31/2011 NGC PF 66   Cameo Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 6301 $28,750.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 $2.5 PF
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1889 $2.5 PF Cameo
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1889 $2.5 PF Ultra Cameo
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Base1111111127333488430947465010157476089682074311111
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