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: $158.52 (9/19/2017)
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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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/30/2005 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 797 $391.00
9/19/2007 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2424, 2424/Lot# 1955 $756.00
12/27/2007 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 207, 213/Lot# 6237 $540.50
5/28/2008 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 3053 $690.00
6/2/2010 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2010 June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1140, 1140/Lot# 1539 $1,322.50
1/3/2011 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 1352 $6,900.00
6/23/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 121637 $359.70
11/14/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1215/Lot# 7396 $1,292.50


NGC Registry

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