Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $2.50 (1908-1929)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 564,821
Obverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Reverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1210oz
Melt Value: $214.60 (6/18/2021)
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: 6/18/2021

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1908 $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 405 410 430 440 490 500 500 505 510 550 575 780 1165 1665 4000 11000 65000 - - -
$ - - - - 515 - 585 875 1275 2000 5000 16500 80000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 10057
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/15/2021 1908 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base31114820377435512921001905296415351324358723---10057
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------------267291821---65
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Total31114820377435512921001907297015421353376744---10122
 0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%4%13%1%19%29%15%13%4%1%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333354657561565567068069570582094016492056305242087651179953090653062
3331845555886286606736856987438601176178423883437535511099222983829155715
00000062866067368569874386011761784238834375355110992229800
00000064166567669070178190014121920272038226503145472660200
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 11099
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 4208
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
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