The U.S. $2.50 Quarter Eagle ‘Indian’ was a totally new design concept commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt in his initiative to beautify America’s coinage. Famed Sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, designed the first two coins in the series ($20 Double Eagle, $10 Eagle), just before his death in 1907. Former Saint-Gaudens student, Bela Lyon Pratt, took up the task of redesigning the quarter eagle and half eagle to complete Saint-Gaudens work. Minted from 1908 to 1929, there was a gap between 1916 to 1924 due to World War I. The obverse features Indian brave in a war bonnet facing left, with the date, thirteen stars and the motto LIBERTY encircling the edge. The reverse features a proud American Eagle perched upon fasces and an olive branch, intertwined symbols of preparedness and peace. Pratt incorporated four different inscriptions on the reverse, (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, IN GOD WE TRUST, and 2½ DOLLARS). Pratt’s design of an American Indian was an incuse design inset in the surface so the highest points of relief are level with the coins’ fields, with no raised rims to protect from wear. This beautiful new design has become one of the most popular U.S. gold coins.

FMV Prices for Rare Coin Price Guide last updated 09/28/2022
$2½ IndiansFMV
MS61
FMV
MS62
FMV
MS63
FMV
MS64
FMV
MS65
1908$670 $970 $1,440 down$2,280 down$5,140
1908 Proof$5,970 $7,340 $11,940 $22,190 $35,780
1909$670 $1,030 $2,130 down$3,560 $6,160
1909 Proof$6,590 $8,160 $16,560 $23,440 $55,690
1910$650 $960 $1,590 $2,280 $5,910
1910 Proof$6,190 $7,660 $13,560 $19,060 down$40,030
1911$690 $860 $1,340 down$2,410 $6,220
1911 Proof$6,030 $7,560 $12,310 $18,750 down$38,350
1911 D$6,920 $8,610 $13,460 down$22,560 $66,630
1912$670 $920 $2,130 down$3,970 $14,630
1912 Proof$6,190 $7,690 $12,500 $20,310 $37,050
1913$670 $880 down$1,340 $2,030 $7,440
1913 Proof$6,250 $7,810 $12,940 $20,940 $38,480
1914$840 $1,840 down$3,310 down$5,220 $23,440
1914 Proof$6,560 $8,090 $13,440 $22,060 $38,350
1914 D$670 $970 down$1,910 down$4,090 $22,060
1915$660 $830 $1,230 $2,160 $6,970
1915 Proof$6,690 $8,340 $13,750 $22,190 $43,230
1925 Ddown$537 down$561 down$750 down$910 down$2,040
1926down$537 down$561 down$750 down$910 down$2,040
1927down$537 down$561 down$750 down$910 down$2,040
1928down$537 down$561 down$750 down$910 down$2,040
1929down$537 down$561 down$750 $1,040 $5,840
Typedown$537 down$561 down$750 down$910 down$2,040
Proof Type$5,970 $7,340 $11,940 $18,750 $35,780

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