Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 16,001
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $178.00 (11/20/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1888 $2.5 MS obverse 1888 $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck some 16,001 gold quarter eagles in 1888. While this mintage was larger than those of 1880-87, this coin is still quite elusive today. However, it is available in grades up to MS64, but becomes rarer in gem.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1888 $2.5 MS
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 477
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1888 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1--13104197615181732641---477
---------------1------1
----------1---122-----6
---------------1------1
Total----1--13104297615182772841---485
 ----0 %--0 %1 %2 %9 %2 %16 %31 %17 %16 %6 %1 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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1/28/2004 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 6823 $690.00
5/27/2010 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 483, 489/Lot# 7540 $540.50
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1344 $718.75
12/30/2012 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3407, 3407/Lot# 3540 $260.00
12/1/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 148161 $325.60
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1216/Lot# 11297 $540.50
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 1216 $4,714.10
4/23/2017 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131718/Lot# 21523 $340.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 $2.5 MS PL
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Base45649253457762267069572173374375476483510601410200838954287632092451373120683
46850654859263867870372573674675778791011761609263740254964729510740160480
0000007037257367467577879101176160926374025496472951074000
0000007127297397507608119851293180832664156564282701223500
1888 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base65978380282085689190591694197410661117130313931658243337125336573382591209017968
70078980883286889690992495210051083117913331481191628594253546865759536140490
0000009099249521005108311791333148119162859425354686575953600
00000091293396310351100124113631570217532864795560174171081300
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2433
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2433
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
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