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: 0.1210oz
Melt Value: $159.65 (9/30/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 9643
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions

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Date
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
10/4/2016 UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131640/Lot# 21490
10/4/2016 UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131640/Lot# 22177
10/4/2016 MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131640/Lot# 22180
10/4/2016 MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131640/Lot# 22178
10/4/2016 MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131640/Lot# 21492
10/4/2016 MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131640/Lot# 21491


Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/1/2006 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 85: Chi Yin Collection, 90/Lot# 1116 $310.50
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1377 $3,335.00
11/28/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Teletrade Auction 3180, 3180/Lot# 2192 $345.00
12/8/2011 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(5), 1162/Lot# 9736 $299.00
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7374 $1,092.50
5/27/2012 NGC MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1221 $2,574.00
7/1/2012 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/01/2012, 29/Lot# 57231 $445.77
6/9/2013 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 119535 $720.50
9/11/2016 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131638/Lot# 26166 $700.30


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333354657561565567068069570582094016492056305242087651179953090653062
333184555588628660673685698743860117617842388343753551109922298382910
00000062866067368569874386011761784238834375355110992229800
00000064166567669070178190014121920272038226503145472660200
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 3694
Owner: StealthNumis
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3437
Owner: K
 
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