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: $215.76 (6/21/2021)
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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Last Updated: 8/31/2020

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1888 $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 478
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: 6/15/2021 1888 $2.5 MS
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Base----1--13104197815381702641---478
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----------1---132-----7
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Total----1--13104297815382752841---487
 ----0%--0%1%2%9%2%16%31%17%15%6%1%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45649253457762267069572173374375476483510601410200838954287632092451373120683
468506548592638678703725736746757787910117616092637402549647295107401604821717
0000007037257367467577879101176160926374025496472951074000
0000007127297397507608119851293180832664156564282701223500
1888 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base65978380282085689190591694197410661117130313931658243337125336573382591209017968
700789808832868896909924952100510831179133314811916285942535468657595361404918866
0000009099249521005108311791333148119162859425354686575953600
00000091293396310351100124113631570217532864795560174171081300
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2561
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2433
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
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