Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 29,768
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $156.61 (4/17/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1897 $2.5 MS obverse 1897 $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Although not as rare as some of its immediate predecessors, the 1897 had a mintage of a scant 29,700 pieces--significantly lower than any quarter eagle of the following decade. Gem Mint State examples are scarce, and anything better is exceedingly rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/1/2013

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1897 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 270 280 315 360 375 375 385 395 405 425 515 630 650 825 900 2100 3500 7900 36000 - -
$ 390 410 415 425 440 540 680 700 885 1000 2300 3850 9000 -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 985
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


Upcoming Auctions

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4/27/2014 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1204/Lot# 6184
4/27/2014 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1204/Lot# 3653
4/27/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1204/Lot# 3652


Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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11/14/2004 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1961, 1961/Lot# 1942 $742.50
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3230 $1,322.50
4/28/2010 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 3492 $4,887.50
9/26/2010 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210101, 210101/Lot# 20507 $1,035.00
3/17/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(3), 1153/Lot# 4667 $2,070.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 9259 $2,185.00
11/7/2011 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 634, 641/Lot# 1301 $655.50
12/5/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(6), 1192/Lot# 9462 $587.50
12/22/2013 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 149926 $9,900.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base327354386420456527563597620635659674715982127114212368286039845351752910777
336364397432479539574604625643664687804107813211736253232344439607786110
000000574604625643664687804107813211736253232344439607700
000000585612630651669701893117413712052269636094895680300
1897 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4204564925345776226466706846957117217601048134515022486299441575832830112014
432468506548592630654674687700714734856114713971830265533814715665595380
000000654674687700714734856114713971830265533814715665500
000000662679691705717747952124614492158282437695273747800
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2368
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 982
Owner: Fred Rush
 
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