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: $139.83 (10/10/2015)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1908 $2.5 MS obverse 1908 $2.5 MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 9/29/2015

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1908 $2.5 MS
Base $ 260 270 300 320 340 355 360 370 390 500 775 1100 1900 3450 10400 54000 - - -
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Total Graded: 9398
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

Upcoming Auctions

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Sale / Lot
11/1/2015 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1225/Lot# 5051

Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
1/25/2004 NGC MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 3143 $391.00
7/16/2007 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 159, 164/Lot# 2017 $350.75
8/19/2007 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #67084, 67084/Lot# 23720 $253.00
5/16/2010 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2854, 2854/Lot# 2766 $517.50
2/3/2011 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(5), 1152/Lot# 9123 $977.50
1/15/2012 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/15/2012, 3/Lot# 32172 $341.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 66   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1220 $10,237.00
7/11/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6958 $282.00

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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