Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 48
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $235.41 (8/15/2020)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1889 $2.5 PF obverse 1889 $2.5 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint only struck 48 proof gold quarter eagles in 1889. It is likely that a third to a half of those have not survived, meaning there are not many to go around in the marketplace. NGC has only graded a total of 17 examples, most of which have a cameo designation.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1889 $2.5 PF
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1889 $2.5 PF CA
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1889 $2.5 PF UC
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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 15
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/11/2020 1889 $2.5 PF
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1889 $2.5 PF CA
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1889 $2.5 PF UC
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 $2.5 PF CA
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1889 $2.5 PF UC
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1889 $2.5 PF
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00000011073195225072905323335413869445755416204690684551047500
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