Indian Head Quarter Eagle (1908-1929): A Red Book Analysis of a Classic Design

Part of the renaissance of American coinage; the Indian Head design, featured on the Quarter Eagle and Half Eagle minted from 1908 through 1929, are the first and only incuse designed coins released by the United States Mint (the design lies below the plane of the coin). Pupil of the world renowned Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Bela Lyon Pratt of Boston was responsible for the remarkably unique design which was far cry from the traditional depiction of Lady Liberty.

Though initial interest in the coin was low, today the coin has become one of the most appreciated in the world of Numismatics.

Shown in The Official Red Book: A Guide Book of United States Coins 2015, which is the go to reference in the pricing of Numismatic and Semi-Numismatic coins, the graded version of the Quarter Eagle Indian Head coin shows a remarkable return on investment.

Let’s take a look at a PCGS graded MS-64 1925-D Quarter Eagle. According to the PCGS census, there are 2,299 coins graded MS-64, and the highest price recently paid for such a coin is $1,293 during a Heritage Auction in January 2015. The Red Book Price Guide values the coin at $1,000.

While last year for the coin saw a general slump in value, the experts at GMR believe that this is the perfect time to buy into the classic design. “You don’t want to pay for a valuable coin when it’s at its highest,” says Charles Stevens, Director of Operations here at GMR, “Now is the perfect time to buy.”

If you’d like to learn more about investing in Numismatic coins such at the Quarter Eagle Indian Head design, call Global Monetary Reserve at 877-795-9585 today!