Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,720
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $156.06 (10/17/2017)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1890 $2.5 MS obverse 1890 $2.5 MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck a mere 8,720 business strike quarter eagles in 1890. Plenty have survived in mint state, but most are in the MS61-62 range. This issue becomes increasingly scarce as the grade increases, with only 8 pieces in MS66 or higher.

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Last Updated: 8/8/2017

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1890 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 280 290 300 320 340 355 370 390 430 515 625 975 1750 3400 12350 19500 25000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 234
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Price
9/6/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1549 $264.50
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1322 $402.50
12/5/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 2972, 2972/Lot# 2376 $241.50
1/19/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 165737 $366.30
8/13/2015 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 1218 $2,585.00
10/31/2016 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1241/Lot# 5483 $9,693.75
1/8/2017 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131703/Lot# 25297 $517.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1890 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base70383585487491194896197410011034110012271377177424173340585170087704108811599723871
7478418618869239529659831012105611421277150919882725417762377240876312586186220
000000965983101210561142127715091988272541776237724087631258600
000000970992102310781185132716422203303250146622747298221429200
1890 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base659783802820856891905916941974103611591303168323023194562867537431104541539423005
70078980883286889690992495299510771207143018892599400560036979843912101179310
0000009099249529951077120714301889259940056003697984391210100
00000091293396310151118125515562096289748176378720594461374700
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