Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $178.62 (12/15/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1886 $2.5 MS obverse 1886 $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck a mere 4,000 mint state and 88 proof $2.50 quarter eagles in 1886. This low mintage was likely due to the nearly 20 million Morgan dollars struck there that year. Today, it is believed that perhaps only a few dozen proof coins exist, along with perhaps 10% of the mint state pieces.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/26/2019

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1886 $2.5 MS
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1886 $2.5 MS PL
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 157
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1886 $2.5 MS
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Base-------1515461033181172-----148
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Total-------1515461033181172-----148
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1886 $2.5 MS PL
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Base---------12-311-1-----9
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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/2/1995 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1995 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #136, 136/Lot# 421 $990.00
6/24/1996 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 0852, 852/Lot# 1860 $817.63
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 2165 $7,475.00
11/29/2012 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1177/Lot# 4805 $1,527.50
6/8/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 189544 $797.50
6/15/2014 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 808, 817/Lot# 254 $1,250.00
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 1214 $6,168.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1886 $2.5 MS PL
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Base71986588290192010511146124213451441176220072233258535814701568460148282131961912228147
7688718889079641083117812761377154818442082235029173954502957946770992015171221300
00000011781276137715481844208223502917395450295794677099201517100
000000121013111409165519252158246832494328535659047526115581714700
1886 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6748118298478659901081117312711363162419072124246434274512546657877704127891858527432
7208178358539071020111212061302145017181979223727853789483055736426939914721215340
00000011121206130214501718197922372785378948305573642693991472100
000000114212381332153718132052235131064150514856807065110941665300
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 2124
Owner: jdbusch18
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1624
Owner: Endds
 
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