Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 800
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $156.98 (9/22/2017)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1885 $2.5 MS obverse 1885 $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In 1885, the Philadelphia Mint struck nearly 18 million Morgan dollars. Clearly, the Mint had their hands full considering how few quarter eagles were struck. A minuscule total of only 800 $2.5 coins were struck in the facility that year. 87 of those were proofs, with the balance being struck with a mint state finish. Today, mint state coins are more plentiful than proofs, but they tend to come in low mint state or below. Proofs on the other hand come pretty nice, with grades hovering around gem.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/8/2017

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1885 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 385 450 575 1050 1900 2600 2950 3850 4450 5500 6250 7350 9800 22500 29000 - - - - -
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1885 $2.5 MS Prooflike
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1885 $2.5 MS Deep Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 13300 - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 50
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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12/14/2003 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1818, 1818/Lot# 1386 $4,730.00
9/23/2007 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3224 $2,645.00
11/29/2007 NGC MS 63   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2007 November Houston, TX US Coin Signature Auction #370, 370/Lot# 61563 $16,100.00
7/30/2008 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 2862 $6,325.00
8/11/2011 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(4), 1158/Lot# 5393 $5,175.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 62   Deep Prooflike Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5391 $10,062.50
7/14/2013 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/14/2013, 83/Lot# 128136 $1,672.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 $2.5 MS
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Base84796610661239175324012628280729853386362039844217452651157138785982798973114901499219932
8879991124141019692477268828663119346437414062432047225789737879998510981212657166390
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1885 $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Base908102811381303184725192754294131263539378141574396471955637403814485749286118661545020496
948106511931484207125972816300332643620390642374504500061767650828788111014613061171320
000000281630033264362039064237450450006176765082878811101461306100
000000287930643401370040324316461152826790789784319049110061425500
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