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: $177.80 (11/17/2019)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/26/2019

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1890 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 300 310 320 335 345 355 390 450 525 600 675 975 1600 3750 12000 14500 25000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1200 - 4350 - - - -
1890 $2.5 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 625 - - 3200 - 8500 - - - - - -
1890 $2.5 MS DPL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 3750 - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 249
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1890 $2.5 MS
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Base--------3663761471514792---234
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Total--------3663761471515792---235
 --------1 %3 %27 %3 %26 %20 %6 %6 %3 %4 %1 %--- 
1890 $2.5 MS PL
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Base----------4-3421------14
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Total----------4-3421------14
 ----------29 %-21 %29 %14 %7 %------ 
1890 $2.5 MS DPL
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Base-------------1--------1
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Total-------------1--------1
 -------------100 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/10/2001 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21073, 21073/Lot# 3646 $270.00
5/30/2005 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 797 $391.00
6/25/2007 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2386, 2386/Lot# 1955 $616.00
1/6/2011 NGC AU 58   Prooflike David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 547, 554/Lot# 5064 $517.50
1/19/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 165737 $366.30
5/12/2014 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3481, 6030/Lot# 20745 $558.13
7/9/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(1), 1222/Lot# 3276 $9,400.00
4/26/2017 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1254/Lot# 8175 $423.00
8/14/2019 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(2), 131934/Lot# 25885 $990.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1890 $2.5 MS PL
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Base70383585487491194896197410011034110012271377177424173340585170087704108811599723871
7478418618869239529659831012105611421277150919882725417762377240876312586186220
000000965983101210561142127715091988272541776237724087631258600
000000970992102310781185132716422203303250146622747298221429200
1890 $2.5 MS
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Base659783802820856891905916941974103611591303168323023194562867537431104541539423005
70078980883286889690992495299510771207143018892599400560036979843912101179310
0000009099249529951077120714301889259940056003697984391210100
00000091293396310151118125515562096289748176378720594461374700
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1036
Owner: Long Haul
 
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