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: $153.42 (5/26/2017)
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: 6/16/2016

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1908 $2.5 MS
Base $ 260 270 280 300 320 335 340 350 380 405 435 625 850 1550 2850 7800 60000 - - -
$ - - - - 390 - 500 700 1075 1850 3500 15000 - -

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Total Graded: 9630
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
5/16/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #39, 43/Lot# 1079 $540.50
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 445 $488.75
7/12/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 Summer F.U.N. (July, West Palm Beach, FL) Signature Coin Auction #442, 442/Lot# 2392 $3,737.50
5/30/2010 PCGS MS 65   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 2125 $3,627.00
6/8/2010 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2868, 2868/Lot# 1247 $361.00
5/12/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/12/2013, 74/Lot# 114503 $352.00
10/3/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3502, 6056/Lot# 22273 $364.25
10/31/2016 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1241/Lot# 7898 $1,116.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 $2.5 MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 3694
Owner: StealthNumis
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3437
Owner: K
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