Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,720
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $159.47 (9/30/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1890 $2.5 MS obverse 1890 $2.5 MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Low mintage quarter eagles from the 1880s and 1890s combine both scarcity and collectibility, and it is surprising that relatively few numismatists collect this subset. Despite a tiny mintage of 8,720 pieces, the 1890 is obtainable and affordable in Mint State.

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Last Updated: 6/10/2016

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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: 232
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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6/23/1997 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 0956, 956/Lot# 1870 $221.55
9/6/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1549 $264.50
1/3/2006 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 4872 $1,610.00
12/27/2007 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 207, 213/Lot# 6237 $540.50
1/3/2011 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 1352 $6,900.00
4/27/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(7), 1154/Lot# 11966 $345.00
9/6/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(5), 1174/Lot# 9582 $1,116.25
6/30/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 124295 $550.00
8/10/2016 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(6), 1238/Lot# 8366 $587.50


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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