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: $145.87 (5/25/2015)
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: 3/23/2015

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1897 $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 270 280 315 360 375 385 395 405 425 630 650 775 1125 2000 3500 8900 36000 - -
$ 390 410 415 425 440 680 700 825 1225 2300 5000 10000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1005
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/10/1998 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1998 F.U.N. Signature Sale #181, 181/Lot# 7621 $2,415.00
6/14/2011 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 9283 $635.95
10/13/2011 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(3), 1160/Lot# 4743 $862.50
11/7/2011 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 634, 641/Lot# 1301 $655.50
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/29/2012, 5/Lot# 15114 $660.00
2/3/2013 NGC MS 63   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1702 $603.75
10/14/2013 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3452, 3452/Lot# 2372 $475.00
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1191/Lot# 4562 $2,232.50


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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