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: $214.30 (4/19/2021)
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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Last Updated: 8/31/2020

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1886 $2.5 MS
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1886 $2.5 MS PL
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 159
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1886 $2.5 MS
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Base-------1515461133191172-----150
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1886 $2.5 MS PL
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Base---------12-311-1-----9
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1886 $2.5 MS PL
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Base71986588290192010511146124213451441176220072233258535814701568460148282131961912228147
76887188890796410831178127613771548184420822350291739545029579467709920151712213029554
00000011781276137715481844208223502917395450295794677099201517100
000000121013111409165519252158246832494328535659047526115581714700
1886 $2.5 MS
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Base6748118298478659901081117312711363162419072124246434274512546657877704127891858527432
72081783585390710201112120613021450171819792237278537894830557364269399147212153428804
00000011121206130214501718197922372785378948305573642693991472100
000000114212381332153718132052235131064150514856807065110941665300
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Grade: MS 63 PL
Points: 3581
Owner: DougG
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 2124
Owner: jdbusch18
 
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