Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 93
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $176.35 (11/12/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1890 $2.5 PF obverse 1890 $2.5 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Only 93 proof quarter eagles were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1890. Of those, it is thought that perhaps half still exist today. Those seen by NGC run the gamut of grades from PF60 all the way up to PF68UC.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1890 $2.5 PF
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1890 $2.5 PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 5400 9800 12750 26000 38000 - - - -
1890 $2.5 PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13000 29500 47500 - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 43
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1890 $2.5 PF
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Base-----------3--2-------5
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Total-----------3--2-------5
 -----------60 %--40 %------- 
1890 $2.5 PF CA
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Total-------------33573----21
 -------------14 %14 %24 %33 %14 %---- 
1890 $2.5 PF UC
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Base-------------1-32731--17
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Total-------------1-42942--22
 -------------5 %-18 %9 %41 %18 %9 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/8/2004 PCGS PF 66   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2004 December Dallas Signature Sale #277, 277/Lot# 6535 $18,400.00
1/26/2014 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1711 $12,925.00
5/11/2014 PCGS PF 63   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 193558 $6,985.00
7/6/2014 PCGS PF 63   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 199/Lot# 206369 $6,490.00
1/29/2015 PCGS PF 64   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1217/Lot# 3246 $9,987.50
8/13/2015 PCGS   Ultra Cameo Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10217 $22,325.00
8/12/2015 NGC PF 63   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1223/Lot# 6073 $8,225.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1890 $2.5 PF CA
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1890 $2.5 PF UC
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1890 $2.5 PF
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