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: $158.56 (9/19/2017)
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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1888 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 280 290 300 320 340 355 370 390 450 485 625 700 950 1950 4700 10850 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 459
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/23/2007 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1664 $241.50
11/24/2008 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2617, 2617/Lot# 2281 $1,207.50
5/27/2010 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 483, 489/Lot# 7540 $540.50
8/11/2010 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 5826 $1,495.00
9/13/2011 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The September 2011 Philadelphia Americana Sale, 113/Lot# 5866 $4,025.00
4/24/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1184/Lot# 9227 $352.50
12/1/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 148161 $325.60
12/5/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(6), 1192/Lot# 9453 $646.25
10/3/2016 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1240/Lot# 7827 $540.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base65978380282085689190591694197410661117130313931658243337125336573382591209017968
70078980883286889690992495210051083117913331481191628594253546865759536140490
0000009099249521005108311791333148119162859425354686575953600
00000091293396310351100124113631570217532864795560174171081300
1888 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45649253457762267069572173374375476483510601410200838954287632092451373120683
46850654859263867870372573674675778791011761609263740254964729510740160480
0000007037257367467577879101176160926374025496472951074000
0000007127297397507608119851293180832664156564282701223500
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2433
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1066
Owner: Long Haul
 
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