$2.50 Indian Gold Quarter Eagle NGC MS-61

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  • Title: $2.50 Indian Gold Quarter Eagle NGC MS-61
  • Purity: 0.9
  • Metal: Gold
  • Weight: 0.1209 oz

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Graded by the trusted Numismatic Guarantee Corporation (NGC) as Mint State 61, the $2.50 Indian Gold Quarter Eagle is considered to be in Uncirculated condition: characterized by showing no trace of wear, but may show a number of contact marks, and may be spotted or lack luster.

While the Mint was rallying for a way to stamp the design created by Saint-Gaudens, the smaller denominations were put on the back burner until the Eagle and Double Eagles release in 1907. This gave President Roosevelt the perfect opportunity to begin commissioning his own artist; and he would get the opportunity for the creation of one of the most unique designs every minted in U.S. history.

Minted from 1908 until 1916, and once again in 1929: the Indian Head Quarter Eagle is the only coin minted by the U.S. to feature a recessed design and was created by sculptor Bela Lyon Pratt. With a denomination of $2.50, the coins .1209 troy ounces of .900 gold make it more valuable than its face value.


On the Obverse, a realistic Indian brave with war bonnet is shown, with the date, thirteen stars, and “Liberty” forming a circle around the startling portrait.


Shown on the Reverse is Pratt’s rendition of the eagle used on the Indian Head Eagle designed by Saint-Gaudens, and used as the basis for the new design by Pratt. The eagle stands proudly, posing upon fasces, and an olive branch; the intertwined symbols of preparedness and peace.

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