Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $2.50 (1908-1929)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 564,821
Catalog: KM-128
Obverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Reverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $144.27 (11/21/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1908 $2.5 MS obverse 1908 $2.5 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The new Quarter Eagle featured an incuse design. The portrait and eagle are lowered into the surface. That is why grading the series can be difficult, as the highest points for the issue are the obverse and reverse fields. The new design created by Bella Lyon Pratt features a Native American Indian Chief on the obverse and an eagle facing left on the reverse. The date was saved extensively as a first year of issue and can usually be found in most grades with modest effort. Most examples lack definition on the upper portion of the eagle’s wing. Many are also found with rather severe die clashes that can sometimes confuse the novice as to the authenticity of the coin. Although many were saved, MS 66 coins are actually quite rare and only about 60 have been graded by NGC to date. Just three coins have been certified as MS 67 (11/12), with one having sold at auction in 2006 for $37,375.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/10/2014

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1908 $2.5 MS
Base $ 260 270 300 320 340 340 355 360 370 390 405 500 775 1300 2100 4200 11750 54000 - - -
$ 355 365 370 380 400 420 550 875 1500 2500 5000 18500 - -
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Total Graded: 9324
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
5/16/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #39, 43/Lot# 1079 $540.50
7/2/2006 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 2226, 2226/Lot# 2517 $168.00
10/31/2010 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210112, 210112/Lot# 22335 $1,495.00
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1274 $1,495.00
5/27/2012 NGC MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1221 $2,574.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5407 $2,760.00
7/21/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 129416 $302.50
8/11/2013 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/11/2013, 87/Lot# 116693 $1,299.10

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 $2.5 MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3052
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1649
Owner: R.E.Campbell
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