Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 16,001
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $151.66 (2/28/2017)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1888 $2.5 MS obverse 1888 $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck some 16,001 gold quarter eagles in 1888. While this mintage was larger than those of 1880-87, this coin is still quite elusive today. However, it is available in grades up to MS64, but becomes rarer in gem.

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Price Guide

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1888 $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 456
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Price
3/3/1997 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 0924, 924/Lot# 1811 $316.50
9/23/2007 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1664 $241.50
4/16/2008 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 3308 $5,462.50
5/27/2010 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 483, 489/Lot# 7540 $540.50
2/2/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1167/Lot# 4656 $3,698.40
12/1/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 148161 $325.60
10/31/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 5330 $4,112.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 $2.5 MS
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Base3333603924294635756246746866957077157839971333190737304111573382591209017968
3423704044405005916406786896997097378541109152425143857465165759536140490
000000640678689699709737854110915242514385746516575953600
0000006576826927037127609251221171531223984519274171081300
1888 $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Base45649253457762267069572173374375476483510601410200838954287632092451373120683
46850654859263867870372573674675778791011761609263740254964729510740160480
0000007037257367467577879101176160926374025496472951074000
0000007127297397507608119851293180832664156564282701223500
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1907
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
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