Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,160
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $145.41 (11/23/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1887 $2.5 MS obverse 1887 $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1880s were an unusual decade, and 1887 was an unusual year for the U.S. Mint. The facility struck enormous numbers of Indian Head cents, Liberty nickels, and Morgan dollars, but most gold denominations saw tiny emissions of business strikes, or even proof-only productions in the case of the P-mint double eagle and half eagle. Only 6,160 circulation strikes of the 1887 quarter eagle were manufactured, but that level the production is the highest since 1879.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/1/2013

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1887 $2.5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 270 280 315 360 385 385 440 465 510 650 925 1025 1325 2800 4450 14500 27500 - - - -
$ 400 465 490 540 700 1000 1125 1450 3100 5100 16000 30000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 201
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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10/20/2004 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1951, 1951/Lot# 2033 $495.00
4/9/2005 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65043, 65043/Lot# 24401 $1,495.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1319 $1,093.65
9/6/2009 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3335 $1,035.00
2/3/2013 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/03/2013, 60/Lot# 98677 $489.50
8/8/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 8632 $499.38
12/5/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(6), 1192/Lot# 9451 $528.75
10/31/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 5329 $3,055.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1887 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base34237240443947762072982995410311139120613931928261435255563781511557173382636427386
3523824154515246567628709791067116112681571215629174204631390621348420346267040
000000762870979106711611268157121562917420463139062134842034600
00000079591210051103118313301749238532214883706410309154112335500
1887 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base572615663715768824854884101510951208127814722029274036835783792111587172062591726926
58663168073278683486492710411132123113421657226630544383649591431346020109262530
0000008649271041113212311342165722663054438364959143134602010900
00000087497110681170125414071843250333685083720810365153332301300
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1393
Owner: Beau Newman
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1393
Owner: Siegfried89
 
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