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 10/27/2021
$2½ IndiansFMV
MS61
FMV
MS62
FMV
MS63
FMV
MS64
FMV
MS65
1908down$660 $750 $820 $1,470 $2,960
1908 Proof$4,560 $5,690 $10,810 $16,250 $34,450
1909$640 $750 $1,340 $2,280 $4,030
1909 Proof$4,190 $5,750 $15,440 $22,310 down$47,930
1910$640 $650 $810 $1,530 $3,030
1910 Proof$4,130 $5,190 $11,060 $17,190 $35,570
1911$640 $650 $810 $1,220 $3,560
1911 Proof$4,130 $6,560 $11,440 $19,380 $28,600
1911 D$6,340 $7,410 $11,930 down$19,180 $59,150
1912$640 $770 down$1,220 $2,590 $11,210
1912 Proof$4,130 $5,130 $10,000 $17,190 $31,010
1913$640 $650 $810 $1,160 $4,660
1913 Proof$4,130 $5,280 $10,000 $18,130 down$33,080
1914down$720 $1,410 $2,110 down$4,030 $18,060
1914 Proof$4,560 $6,030 $10,000 $16,560 down$31,850
1914 D$640 $650 down$1,000 $2,280 down$15,000
1915$640 $650 $810 $1,220 $3,810
1915 Proof$4,220 $5,940 $10,000 $18,130 down$38,030
1925 D$600 $610 $810 down$970 down$1,890
1926$600 $610 $810 down$970 down$1,890
1927$600 $610 $810 down$970 down$1,890
1928$600 $610 $810 down$970 down$1,890
1929$600 $610 $810 $1,000 $2,940
Type$600 $610 $810 down$970 down$1,890
Proof Type$4,130 $5,130 $10,000 $16,250 down$29,700

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