The $2.50 Quarter Eagle US Gold Coin was changed in 1908 to a design by Bela Lyon Pratt. This incuse design, shared with the $5 Indian Head Half Eagle Gold Coin, ran until 1929 and featured the first bust of a real Native American on US coinage.
The Quarter Eagle (and the Half Eagle) were not minted between 1916 and 1924 due to the First World War and its economic aftermath. Pratt’s decision to use the “incuse relief” method of engraving (where details are below the field instead of raised above it), has been the only time this style was used on US coins. The raw $2.50 Indian Head Quarter Eagle CU Gold Coins offered here have not been graded by a third party grading service (“raw” signifying ungraded). The CU designation refers to the coins’ “ Commercial Uncirculated” general condition.
The realistic face of a Native American in traditional war bonnet dominates the obverse of the coin. The word LIBERTY across the top divides the thirteen stars along the sides. The artist’s initials, BLP, and the date are below the bust.
The reverse features an American Bald Eagle standing on a stack of arrows that are wrapped in an olive branch. Flanking the eagle are the mottos “E Pluribus Unum” on the left, and “In God We Trust” on the right. The words UNITED STATES OF AMERICA are struck along the top edge, and FIVE DOLLARS along the bottom.
*Coin date varies and is chosen randomly 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|