Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,720
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $144.61 (12/26/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1890 $2.5 MS obverse 1890 $2.5 MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Low mintage quarter eagles from the 1880s and 1890s combine both scarcity and collectibility, and it is surprising that relatively few numismatists collect this subset. Despite a tiny mintage of 8,720 pieces, the 1890 is obtainable and affordable in Mint State.

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Last Updated: 10/1/2013

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1890 $2.5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 270 280 315 360 375 375 385 395 435 535 590 800 1075 1925 3400 9500 19000 27000 - - -
$ 390 410 415 465 565 625 865 1275 2300 3850 10500 21000 30000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 217
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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9/13/2000 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1357, 1357/Lot# 1552 $474.75
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1322 $402.50
9/23/2007 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1666 $372.00
1/3/2011 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 1352 $6,900.00
1/5/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(7), 1151/Lot# 12407 $460.00
10/13/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(5), 1160/Lot# 9976 $299.00
6/5/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1186/Lot# 5590 $3,818.75
1/19/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 165737 $366.30
5/11/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131420/Lot# 28771 $728.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1890 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3513844154534895756467158028569339821028133318432585429046947211104541539423005
362394427465517598669744820881949997112915032090315344245533829212100179310
00000066974482088194999711291503209031534424553382921210000
000000692773838907965101212311673233737214559637293731374700
1890 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base48452456861366171173776485491199310441092141019412710447248887518108811599723871
49753858362967771974679487393810101060119815872197329746105764863912586186210
0000007467948739381010106011981587219732974610576486391258600
0000007558248929651027107613041764245338844749664197601429100
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