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1911-D $2.5 Indian Quarter Eagle NGC AU53

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  • Title: 1911-D $2.5 Indian Quarter Eagle NGC AU53

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Although Augustus Saint-Gaudens is now known best for his design of the double eagle, he also influenced the design for the Indian Quarter Eagle. The Indian Quarter Eagle was minted in .900 fine gold from 1908 to 1916 and again in 1929. The coin weights 0.1209 oz. and has a face value of $2.50. It is the only U.S. coin in circulation that features a recessed design. The Indian Quarter Eagle offered here was minted in Denver in 1911, a relatively low production year for Indian Eagles. This coin has been graded by NGC as AU 53 and looks uncirculated at first glance, although further examination reveals slight friction or rub marks on the high points of the design. The coin is an excellent choice for beginning collectors working with a limited budget.


The obverse, inspired by Saint-Gaudens, was designed by Bela Pratt. It features a realistic Indian wearing a full feathered headdress. Also on the obverse are 13 stars, the word “Liberty” above the portrait, the date, and Pratt’s initials BLP above the date.


The reverse of the coin featured a standing eagle holding arrows in its talons with an olive branch crossing over them. Below the arrows is the denomination of 2 ½ Dollars, while to the left is the mintmark D. The Quarter Eagle reverse was originally designed by Saint-Gaudens. Before the coin was minted, Pratt made changes to the standing eagle. Also on the obverse are the mottoes ‘E. Pluribus Unum’ and ‘In God We Trust,’ along with ‘The United States of America.’

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