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
Two CentsFMV
MS61
FMV
MS62
FMV
MS63
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MS64
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MS65
1864 Sm Motto BN$1,200 $1,380 $1,500 $1,840 $2,560
1864 Sm Motto RB$1,290 $1,560 $1,980 $2,160 $3,630
1864 Sm Motto RD$1,410 $1,620 $2,250 $4,160 $12,030
1864 BN$126 $144 $180 $206 $375
1864 RB$144 $186 $240 $375 down$525
1864 RD$198 $282 $396 $575 down$1,060
1865 BN$132 $156 $174 $219 $375
1865 RB$150 $180 $210 $325 $525
1865 RD$192 $282 $420 $660 down$1,170
1866 BN$126 $156 $198 $238 $500
1866 RB$144 $186 $270 $475 $720
1866 RD$192 $282 $480 $910 $1,500
1867 BNdown$144 $180 $198 $300 $525
1867 RBdown$156 $192 $270 $450 $770
1867 RD$198 $300 $570 $1,310 $3,940
1868 BN$138 $186 $216 $325 $600
1868 RB$156 $216 $300 $450 $1,110
1868 RD$204 $330 $570 $1,470 $3,060
1869 BN$168 $216 $276 $325 $575
1869 RB$180 $228 $390 $640 $1,030
1869 RD$210 $330 $570 $1,440 $2,780
1869 Recut Date BN
1869 Recut Date RB
1869 Recut Date RD
1870 BN$276 $306 $336 $419 $750
1870 RB$300 $342 $408 $810 $1,720
1870 RD$336 $420 $800 $2,340 $5,310
1871 BN$300 $312 $354 $475 $660
1871 RB$378 $420 $540 $780 $1,360
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MS61
FMV
MS62
FMV
MS63
FMV
MS64
FMV
MS65
1871 RD$420 $510 $840 $1,910 $7,050
1872 BN$2,430 $2,820 $3,660 $3,910 $6,270
1872 RB$2,550 $3,540 $4,090 $6,030 $9,650
1872 RD$3,240 $3,750 $4,840 $12,500 $23,730
Type BN$126 $144 $174 $206 $375
Type RB$144 $174 $210 $300 $450
Type RD$192 $282 $396 $575 down$1,060

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