Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $2.50 (1908-1929)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 616,000
Obverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Reverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1210oz
Melt Value: $177.57 (11/19/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1912 $2.5 MS obverse 1912 $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: As can be seen from the rather high mintage figure for the date, the issue is rather common in circulated condition and the lower Mint State grades. The date is sometimes softly struck with a shallow appearance. The 1912 Quarter Eagle is somewhat scarce in Choice condition and becomes very rare at the Gem level. Just a few examples are offered at auction in Gem condition. The most recent NGC example sold for $9,945 in 2012. Just two 1912 Indian Head Quarter Eagles have been certified as MS 66 and neither has crossed the auction block (11/12). Interestingly, the date is sometimes accumulated by marketers and sold as a tangible link to the 1912 sinking of the Titanic.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/8/2019

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1912 $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 245 245 255 265 280 335 340 340 360 420 445 515 1150 2300 11200 25000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 615 1500 3500 19000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 9623
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1912 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1124123124774521984153238027221067640712----9623
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Total-1124123124774521984153238027331080659722----9667
 -0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %5 %21 %2 %25 %28 %11 %7 %1 %0 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/21/2000 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1349, 1349/Lot# 1733 $242.65
6/3/2003 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23062, 23062/Lot# 11870 $235.75
1/31/2010 NGC AU 58   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2100 $264.50
9/4/2011 NGC MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19251/Lot# 1130 $526.00
10/13/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(3), 1160/Lot# 4793 $1,437.50
3/23/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 179091 $330.00
9/4/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 8575 $587.50
9/28/2014 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 823, 832/Lot# 778 $310.00
8/13/2015 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 1248 $2,115.00
2/12/2017 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131708/Lot# 26010 $329.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1912 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333354657559561565067470772993094921472501419961858153225103891367186
333184555581601626658685714796936134822653067486168411293827977483370
00000060162665868571479693613482265306748616841129382797700
00000060863866669672186394217472383363355237497177243344500
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 4861
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 4199
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
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