Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 19,070
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $176.91 (11/22/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1896 $2.5 MS obverse 1896 $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1896 gold quarter eagle had a mintage of just over 19,000, nearly twice the prior two years' mintages combined. This issue is relatively obtainable through gem, although it becomes more scarce in higher levels of preservation.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/26/2019

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1896 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 300 310 320 335 345 355 365 375 385 400 445 500 650 1200 2450 3250 8000 22000 - -
$ - - - - - - - 575 800 1500 2700 4500 13000 -
1896 $2.5 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3250 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 729
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1896 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------417116224130116572371--722
-------------1-111----4
---------------211----4
---------------1------1
Total----------417116225130120592571--731
 ----------6 %1 %16 %31 %18 %16 %8 %3 %1 %0 %-- 
1896 $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1--114-------7
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Total---------1--114-------7
 ---------14 %--14 %14 %57 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/6/1999 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1244, 1244/Lot# 1723 $1,107.75
10/2/2001 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21102, 21102/Lot# 2428 $575.00
6/29/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 203780 $204.60
9/4/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1209/Lot# 4370 $1,997.50
9/22/2014 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 2127 $2,760.00
10/10/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15759 $470.00
12/28/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 836, 845/Lot# 588 $650.00
9/9/2016 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(2), 1244/Lot# 13377 $3,995.00
3/5/2017 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131711/Lot# 23538 $317.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base72583585487491193095698310181067109111451256128414421895285731495254568462198118
76284186188691793996599510341075110911821265133715932216295438515397586268520
00000096599510341075110911821265133715932216295438515397586200
000000974100610511083112712191275138917442536305245525541604100
1896 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6747838028208568749009259581005102810881186121313631799272730095049546659867834
7107898088328628839089369741013104811211195126315082108282136895188563966020
0000009089369741013104811211195126315082108282136895188563900
0000009179479891020106811531204131316542418291543695327581300
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 3009
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1799
Owner: StanJustice
 
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