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: $177.99 (11/19/2019)
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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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 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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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/8/2007 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2007 Milwaukee, WI (ANA) Signature Coin Auction #444, 444/Lot# 1850 $24,150.00
8/11/2010 PCGS PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 3432 $48,875.00
3/31/2011 NGC PF 66   Cameo Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 6301 $28,750.00
8/5/2014 NGC PF 65   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5632 $31,791.98
7/11/2019 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2019 July 11 - 14 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1297/Lot# 3153 $9,900.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 $2.5 PF CA
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1889 $2.5 PF UC
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Base1111111127333488430947465010157476089682074311111
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1889 $2.5 PF
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Base11111111160921242699300933453639398446945965632471989084111711
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000000153717802315280231213443375442205117608466157826977900
00000011073195225072905323335413869445755416204690684551047500
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