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: $152.47 (5/22/2017)
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: 6/10/2016

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1888 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 270 280 315 350 375 385 395 405 460 525 640 785 1125 1900 6200 10500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 457
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
6/27/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1320 $396.75
12/12/2005 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2005 December Dallas Signature Auction #398, 398/Lot# 1138 $4,600.00
9/23/2007 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1664 $241.50
3/24/2008 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2507, 2507/Lot# 2166 $403.20
8/15/2011 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 9250 $3,680.00
12/1/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 148161 $325.60
2/16/2017 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1252/Lot# 4946 $2,232.50
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
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333603924294635756246746866957077157839971333190737304111573382591209017968
3423704044405005916406786896997097378541109152425143857465165759536140490
000000640678689699709737854110915242514385746516575953600
0000006576826927037127609251221171531223984519274171081300
1888 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45649253457762267069572173374375476483510601410200838954287632092451373120683
46850654859263867870372573674675778791011761609263740254964729510740160480
0000007037257367467577879101176160926374025496472951074000
0000007127297397507608119851293180832664156564282701223500
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1907
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 707
Owner: Long Haul
 
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