Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,720
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $152.06 (2/27/2017)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1890 $2.5 MS obverse 1890 $2.5 MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck a mere 8,720 business strike quarter eagles in 1890. Plenty have survived in mint state, but most are in the MS61-62 range. This issue becomes increasingly scarce as the grade increases, with only 8 pieces in MS66 or higher.

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Price Guide

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1890 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 270 280 315 350 375 385 395 405 450 550 750 1175 1875 3700 12000 21000 28000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 825 1300 2100 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 230
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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4/30/1997 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0941, 941/Lot# 1946 $274.30
9/6/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1549 $264.50
8/1/2005 NGC AU 58   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2005 August San Francisco, CA (ANA) Bullet Auction #383, 383/Lot# 1444 $373.75
1/3/2007 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 5472 $2,875.00
3/15/2007 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 ANA Charlotte National Money Show Auction, Presented by Robert Korver #432, 432/Lot# 1759 $5,750.00
12/27/2007 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 207, 213/Lot# 6237 $540.50
6/23/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 121637 $359.70
5/12/2014 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3481, 6030/Lot# 20745 $558.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1890 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3513844154534895756467158028569339821028133318432585429046947211104541539423005
362394427465517598669744820881949997112915032090315344245533829212100179310
00000066974482088194999711291503209031534424553382921210000
000000692773838907965101212311673233737214559637293731374700
1890 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base48452456861366171173776485491199310441092141019412710447248887518108811599723871
49753858362967771974679487393810101060119815872197329746105764863912586186210
0000007467948739381010106011981587219732974610576486391258600
0000007558248929651027107613041764245338844749664197601429100
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