Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 132
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $177.80 (11/16/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1896 $2.5 PF obverse 1896 $2.5 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Of the 132 proof gold quarter eagles struck in 1896, perhaps 50 or so still exist today. Those that have survived tend to be in the PF64-PF66 range, and usually earn a cameo designation, with a select few having enough contrast for ultra cameo.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1896 $2.5 PF
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1896 $2.5 PF CA
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1896 $2.5 PF UC
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 59
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1896 $2.5 PF
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Base----------1-1--11-----4
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Total----------1-1--11-----4
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1896 $2.5 PF CA
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Base------------3471010551--45
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Total------------3471010551--45
 ------------7 %9 %16 %22 %22 %11 %11 %2 %-- 
1896 $2.5 PF UC
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Base---------------12142--10
-----------------113--5
----------------11----2
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Total---------------13555--19
 ---------------5 %16 %26 %26 %26 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/12/1999 NGC PF 62   Cameo Teletrade Auction 1209, 1209/Lot# 1463 $3,376.00
1/3/2005 NGC PF 64   Ultra Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Year End Internet-Only Auction, 27/Lot# 873 $7,647.50
2/5/2006 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 1002 $8,050.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Ultra Cameo Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3249 $31,725.00
10/18/2012 NGC PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1175/Lot# 5661 $21,150.00
7/17/2015 PCGS   Ultra Cameo Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 6020 $19,975.00
3/3/2016 PCGS PF 65   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1233/Lot# 5043 $19,975.00
9/5/2019 NGC PF 66   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2019 September 5 - 8 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1299/Lot# 3942 $18,600.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 $2.5 PF CA
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1896 $2.5 PF UC
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3624371037973886397640684162425743544452455247145002530256186349764987191014411207127830
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1896 $2.5 PF
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