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 01/27/2023
$2½ IndiansFMV
MS61
FMV
MS62
FMV
MS63
FMV
MS64
FMV
MS65
1908$670 $920 $1,440 $2,250 down$5,100
1908 Proof$5,970 $7,340 $11,940 $22,190 $35,780
1909$670 $1,030 $2,130 $3,560 $6,160
1909 Proof$6,590 $8,160 $16,560 $23,440 $55,690
1910$650 $860 $1,590 $2,280 $5,910
1910 Proof$6,190 $7,660 $13,560 $19,060 $40,030
1911$690 $860 $1,250 $2,410 $6,410
1911 Proof$6,030 $7,560 $12,310 down$17,190 $38,350
1911 Ddown$7,770 $9,520 $14,200 $22,690 $66,630
1912down$680 $920 $2,130 down$4,000 $14,630
1912 Proof$6,190 $7,690 $12,500 $20,310 $37,050
1913$670 down$840 $1,280 $2,030 down$7,720
1913 Proof$6,250 $7,810 $12,940 $20,940 $38,480
1914$840 $1,840 $3,310 $5,220 $23,440
1914 Proof$6,560 $8,090 $13,440 $22,060 $38,350
1914 D$650 $1,030 $1,970 $4,000 $22,060
1915$660 down$790 $1,230 $2,160 $6,970
1915 Proof$6,690 $8,340 $13,750 $22,190 $43,230
1925 Ddown$525 $537 $670 $860 $2,060
1926down$525 $537 $670 $860 $2,060
1927down$525 $537 $670 $860 $2,060
1928down$525 $537 $670 $860 $2,060
1929down$525 $537 $670 down$1,030 $6,160
Typedown$525 $537 $670 $860 $2,060
Proof Type$5,970 $7,340 $11,940 down$17,190 $35,780

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