Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 165
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $177.49 (11/20/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1898 $2.5 PF obverse 1898 $2.5 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck 165 proof quarter eagles in 1898. Unfortunately, large numbers of these have been lost to the numismatic community. Of those that still exist, most are on one end of the spectrum or the other. There are quite a few in high grade, including 9 in PF68UC and one in PF69UC. However, there are plenty that seem to have been plucked from circulation, with bag marks and abrasions. NGC has even graded three AU examples. (9/2016)

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/31/2017

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1898 $2.5 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 2500 3375 3750 4450 6100 9500 20000 25500 37000 50000 - -
$ - - - - - - 4100 - - - - - - -
1898 $2.5 PF CA
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 3750 4350 5400 6900 9750 21000 27500 40250 - - -
1898 $2.5 PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 6300 8300 13000 26500 32500 43000 80000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 15000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 105
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 69

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, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1898 $2.5 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1121--1------6
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------------1---------1
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Total---------1122--1------7
 ---------14 %14 %29 %29 %--14 %------ 
1898 $2.5 PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------12711896851--58
------------------1---1
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Total----------12711896861--59
 ----------2 %3 %12 %19 %14 %15 %10 %14 %10 %2 %-- 
1898 $2.5 PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------24819881-41
----------------1-3---4
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Total-------------248291181-45
 -------------4 %9 %18 %4 %20 %24 %18 %2 %- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/15/2003 PCGS PF 66   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 1088 $21,275.00
2/5/2006 PCGS PF 63   Ultra Cameo Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 1005 $6,900.00
2/11/2007 NGC PF 66   Cameo Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2189 $18,400.00
7/9/2009 PCGS PF 64   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2009 July West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1127, 1127/Lot# 1341 $9,775.00
11/16/2011 NGC PF 60   Teletrade Auction 3174, 3174/Lot# 1832 $1,050.00
6/4/2015 NGC PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1221/Lot# 4204 $5,940.80
11/5/2015 PCGS PF 66   Cameo Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 20094 $17,037.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1898 $2.5 PF CA
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1111111484160921062560283931553626417748975738643877749783122570
000000148416092106256028393155362641774897573864387774978300
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1898 $2.5 PF UC
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Base1111111118692443307934203732411545655158608968208158111
111111162320602655319235243859426547625468633272668158110
000000162320602655319235243859426547625468633272668158100
0000001124622512867330636283987441549605778657677128158100
1898 $2.5 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111127117072197246428603238352541725180565660897984985012375
1111111424141618702286259629863333374045085338580067208606106910
000000142414161870228625962986333337404508533858006720860600
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