Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 17,600
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $153.35 (5/26/2017)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1889 $2.5 MS obverse 1889 $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Although it only had a mintage of 17,600 pieces, the 1889 quarter eagle is still available today in circulated grades and through the lower end of mint state. However, the coin becomes much harder to find in choice and is very rare in gem.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/10/2016

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1889 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 270 280 315 350 375 385 395 405 450 515 620 675 1125 2000 8450 16000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 775 1300 3375 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 401
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Grade
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Price
2/2/2005 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1996, 1996/Lot# 2088 $231.00
2/11/2007 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2188 $322.00
1/9/2008 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 3912 $5,462.50
2/9/2009 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 333, 339/Lot# 1075 $465.75
8/15/2011 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 3738 $546.25
2/2/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(5), 1167/Lot# 9304 $632.50
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4505 $1,057.50
6/30/2013 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 109093 $632.50
12/17/2013 PCGS AU 50   Bonhams Coins and Medals Featuring the Robbins Collection of US Gold Coins, 21037/Lot# 1091 $304.00
4/23/2017 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131718/Lot# 21525 $329.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333603924294635516026536786957197357939971333188637124111469475191088916020
3423704044404925686196616837037247548611109151724943845430556358642125990
000000619661683703724754861110915172494384543055635864200
000000636669689711729773929122117013103397844996577976500
1889 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base43947751555860264867469972574376878584610601410198538754287488880251168417276
4514895295726176566827077317517738059171176160126154012448759339244135480
000000682707731751773805917117616012615401244875933924400
0000006907167377597798259881293179332454149468769791046400
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 4111
Owner: Green Collection
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1886
Owner: ddr70
 
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