Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 29,768
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $177.32 (11/20/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1897 $2.5 MS obverse 1897 $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Although it had a small mintage of only 29,768 coins, the 1897-P Liberty quarter eagle is more available today than one would expect. It certainly brings a high premium in gem, but with 85 examples in MS65 at NGC, if a collector wants one, they can find it. (9/2016)

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/26/2019

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1897 $2.5 MS
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1897 $2.5 MS PL
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1064
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1897 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------255261342872281978246151--1055
--------------11111---5
--------------2211----6
------------------1---1
Total--------255261342872312008448171--1067
 --------0 %0 %5 %1 %13 %27 %22 %19 %8 %4 %2 %0 %-- 
1897 $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------423-------9
------------1---------1
--------------11------2
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Total------------5241------12
 ------------42 %17 %33 %8 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/12/1993 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1993 Early Spring ANA Bullet Sale #101, 101/Lot# 798 $1,897.50
10/26/2008 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2603, 2603/Lot# 2924 $414.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 9259 $2,185.00
11/7/2011 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 634, 641/Lot# 1301 $655.50
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/29/2012, 5/Lot# 15114 $660.00
1/29/2012 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1233 $310.50
11/29/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1177/Lot# 10671 $646.25
9/25/2013 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1189/Lot# 6720 $5,581.25
  PCGS MS 63   Bonhams $585.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 $2.5 MS PL
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Base697835854874911930956983101810511075114612051256134518232345304746878817955412014
743841861886917939965995102910591099116612221286150419972579359460649063103740
00000096599510291059109911661222128615041997257935946064906300
000000974100610401067112211851239131516642171281341407440930800
1897 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6537838028208568749009259589901013108111241186127117302233291044998515923410777
696789808832862883908936969998103610951145121414241898245934405838875597480
000000908936969998103610951145121414241898245934405838875500
0000009179479791005105811101165124315772065268439697176899400
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2910
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2233
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
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