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: $246.33 (8/9/2020)
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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 4/24/2020

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1885 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 385 500 675 1450 2150 2500 3200 4000 4250 5500 6000 7350 12150 22550 25000 - - - - -
1885 $2.5 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 6750 - 13000 22500 - - - - - -
1885 $2.5 MS DPL
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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

The chart showing 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/4/2020 1885 $2.5 MS
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Base------213516443221-----43
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Total------213516443221-----43
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1885 $2.5 MS PL
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Base----------2-11-1------5
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Total----------2-11-1------5
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1885 $2.5 MS DPL
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Base-------------11-------2
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Total-------------11-------2
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base908102811381303184725192754294131263539378141574396471955637403814485749286118661545020496
948106511931484207125972816300332643620390642374504500061767650828788111014613061171320
000000281630033264362039064237450450006176765082878811101461306100
000000287930643401370040324316461152826790789784319049110061425500
1885 $2.5 MS
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Base84796610661239175324012628280729853386362039844217452651157138785982798973114901499219932
8879991124141019692477268828663119346437414062432047225789737879998510981212657166390
00000026882866311934643741406243204722578973787999851098121265700
000000274729263252354238634139442349196464761981398742106511382500
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