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: $176.45 (11/18/2019)
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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Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1889 $2.5 MS
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 417
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1889 $2.5 MS
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Base-------141047141111126837911---415
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Total-------141047141111126937911---416
 -------0 %1 %2 %11 %3 %27 %27 %17 %9 %2 %0 %0 %--- 
1889 $2.5 MS PL
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Base------------2---------2
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Total------------2-1-------3
 ------------67 %-33 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/5/2002 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2002 June Long Beach Signature Sale #292, 292/Lot# 6619 $644.00
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1548 $690.00
2/9/2009 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 333, 339/Lot# 1075 $465.75
7/5/2009 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2714, 2714/Lot# 2906 $299.00
6/2/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 106634 $276.46
7/27/2013 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5082 $4,700.00
12/17/2013 PCGS AU 50   Bonhams Coins and Medals Featuring the Robbins Collection of US Gold Coins, 21037/Lot# 1091 $304.00
9/3/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 3 - 5 & 9 - 10 World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 3035/Lot# 35099 $470.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 $2.5 MS PL
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Base6978358548749119489629751001103411071192134514531847251945465684601580251168417276
743841861886923953966984101210581135124313811584207131954925579466859245135480
00000096698410121058113512431381158420713195492557946685924500
000000971992102310831164129414171716229538705305590573551046400
1889 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base65378380282085689190591694197410441124127113751753240143615466578775191088916020
6967898088328688969099249529971071117313061501196930544729557363648642125990
000000909924952997107111731306150119693054472955736364864200
0000009129339631021109712221340162721853708509856806942976600
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5466
Owner: Green Collection
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2401
Owner: ddr70
 
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