2½ Dollars "Indian Head - Quarter Eagle"

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1908-1929
Value 2½ Dollars (2.5 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Gold (.900) (.100 copper)
Weight 4.18 g
Diameter 18 mm
Thickness 1.1 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 6158
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 128
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.

Obverse

Indian head capped with a war hat with Union stars around the rim and the date at the bottom

Script: Latin

Lettering:
LIBERTY
B.L.P.
1909

Engraver: Bela Lyon Pratt Read more on Wikipedia

Bela Lyon Pratt was an American sculptor.

Reverse

An eagle on bundles with olive twigs with the denomination below

Script: Latin

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
IN GOD WE TRUST
E PLURIBUS UNUM
2 1/2 DOLLARS

Translation:
United States of America
In God We Trust
Out of Many, One
2 1/2 Dollars

Engraver: Bela Lyon Pratt Read more on Wikipedia

Bela Lyon Pratt was an American sculptor.

Edge

Reeded

Mints

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)
D United States Mint, Denver, United States (1906-date)

Comments

The standard weight of this coin was 64½ grains.
This coin and the 5 dollar coin with the same design are the only incused coins in the United States. At the time, people didn't like the design and wrongly believed that they would carry germs. Few coins still exist with exceptional quality. Today, this design is recognized as an important step of the renewal in US minting and is more popular than the Liberty type.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1908  564 821 10%
1908  236 0.7% Proof
1909  441 760 11%
1909  139 0.7% Proof
1910  492 000 $ 220 10%
1910  682 0.2% Proof
1911  704 000 $ 500 15%
1911  191 0.7% Proof
1911 D 55 680 0.7%
1911 D 0% Proof
1912  616 000 $ 330 10%
1912  197 0.2% Proof
1913  722 000 $ 560 15%
1913  165 1.1% Proof
1914  240 000 $ 290 6%
1914  117 0.5% Proof
1914 D 448 000 8%
1915  606 000 $ 280 $ 300 $ 300 15%
1915  100 0.2% Proof
1925 D 578 000 $ 390 $ 410 $ 430 12%
1926  446 000 $ 350 7%
1927  388 000 $ 310 4%
1928  416 000 $ 410 $ 410 9%
1929  532 000 $ 300 7%

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold 2½ Dollars "Indian Head - Quarter Eagle"
Katz
Auction 63
Lot 3946
Internet Archive
Jul 26, 2022 Undetermined F USD 247.43
(EUR 231.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 2½ Dollars "Indian Head - Quarter Eagle"
Katz
Auction 70
Lot 1008
Internet Archive
Nov 13, 2022 Undetermined USD 267.78
(EUR 250.00)
(+ buyer's premium)

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