Bela Lyon Pratt’s $2½ Indian Head Quarter Eagle Gold Coin design replaced Christian Gobrecht’s Liberty Head design which had been used on the $2.50 Gold Piece since 1840. Minted between 1908 and 1929, Pratt’s design (shared with the $5 “Half Eagle”) was unique in US coinage history for using the unusual “incuse relief” style, where the features are recessed into the field of the coin. Controversial at the time, the design prevailed in part due to the support of President Theodore Roosevelt. Made with .1209 oz of gold, the Indian Head Quarter Eagle was produced annually between 1908 and 1915, before going on hiatus during the First World War. Resuming in 1925, both this coin and the Half Eagle were canceled after the Wall Street stock market crash in 1929. Gainesville Coins is offering Raw Indian Head Quarter Eagle XF Gold Coins. “Raw” denotes coins that have not been certified by a professional grading service. “XF” signifies the “Extremely Fine” general quality of these coins.
The obverse of the coin is an Indian man wearing a battle headdress. The word "LIBERTY" is displayed above the Indian. The designers initials and date are listed below the bust. Surrounding the Indian are 13 stars, which stand for the original 13 colonies.
The coin's reverse contains an image of an eagle standing on a bushel of arrows, while clutching an olive branch in one talon. Prominently displayed above the eagle is "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA." The denomination "2 1/2 DOLLARS" is shown below the eagle. "IN GOD WE TRUST" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM", the country mottos, are depicted on either side of the eagle.
Coin date varies and is randomly chosen from available inventory.
|Year:||(1909 - 1928)|
|Actual Metal Weight:||0.1209 ozt|
|Face Value:||2.5 Dollars|
|Mint:||United States Mint|
|Obverse Designer:||Bela Lyon Pratt|
|Reverse Designer:||Bela Lyon Pratt|
|Series:||Indian Head - $2.5|