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    Indian Head Gold Quarter Eagle (MS 61+) 1908-1929


    Final Design of $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle Coin | Guaranteed MS-61 or Better Condition | Dates Chosen at Random from Our Inventory: 1908-1929 Buy Now

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The Gold Quarter Eagle was the smallest denomination of the Gold Eagle series of circulation gold coins, with a face value of $2.50. First struck in 1796, the Quarter Gold Eagle was produced by the United States Mint up until 1933, when the United States abandoned the gold standard (though no Quarter Eagles were struck after 1929.) Production was centered at the Philadelphia Mint branch, though the Denver, Charlotte, and New Orleans branches of the US Mint also manufactured Gold Quarter Eagles.

Early Gold Quarter Eagles weighed 67.5 troy grains, with a fineness of .9167, later modified to 64.5 grains with a fineness of .8992. In 1837, the fineness was stabilized (for all United States gold coins) at 90% gold and 10% copper. $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagles produced after this time contain .121 troy ounces of gold. Due to the high gold content of the early issues, many were melted down for their bullion value, the melt value of gold being worth more than the $2.50 face value of the coin, at that time. Therefore, pre-1834 Gold Quarter Eagles are very rare today. Four different design motifs were used on $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagles -- the Turban Head (Capped Bust), Classic Head, Liberty Head, and the Indian Head designs.

Gold Quarter Eagles are not to be confused with the modern American Quarter Ounce Gold Eagles, a modern gold bullion coin that is not intended for circulation, but rather for buyers who invest in gold bullion.

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The Turban Head Quarter Gold Eagle (also known as the Capped Bust Gold Quarter Eagle) was minted from 1796 until 1808, and again from 1821 until 1834. Three main varieties exist -- the original 1796 Gold Quarter Eagle had no stars on the obverse, the only year of minting to lack them. Subsequent versions had stars on the obverse. No Quarter Gold Eagles were produced between 1809 and 1820, with production being reinstated in 1921, albeit with a diameter slightly reduced from the original 20 mm.

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The Classic Head Gold Quarter Eagle was designed by William Kneass and featured a maiden on the obverse, with long flowing hair. The Classic Head Gold Quarter Eagles had a very short production run, being minted from 1834 to 1839 only.

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With a long run of manufacture, it is relatively easy to locate and buy Gold Quarter Eagles with the Liberty Head design. The Liberty Head design was adopted in 1840 to match the design of other United States gold coin denominations, and remained in production until 1907. One particularly rare piece with a storied history is highly sought-after by collectors who buy Quarter Gold Eagles for their collections -- certain 1848 Gold Quarter Eagles were struck from California gold, 230 ounces of which was sent to Washington and used to produce Gold Quarter Eagles. Only 1,389 were eventually produced, all of which bear the mark "CAL." above the heraldic eagle on the reverse.

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The design for the Indian Head Quarter Gold Eagle was done by a Boston sculptor, who also designed the Indian Head Gold Half Eagle. The Indian Head Gold Quarter Eagle was produced from 1908 until 1929. Along with the Indian Head Gold Half Eagle, these coins are the only examples of American coinage that have a sunken (incuse) design, where the flat surfaces are the highest points on the coin. At the time, the public disliked the new incuse design, and few Indian Head Gold Quarter Eagles were collected. As a result, the coin was ignored by numismatists for decades, and few examples exist in uncirculated condition. However, the rather exotic design has spurred a revival of collecting Indian Head Gold Quarter Eagles, and investors and collectors buy Indian Head Gold Quarter Eagles as commonly as the other denominations in the series.

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After 1933, it became illegal for US citizens to privately own gold. The US Treasury confiscated gold bullion and gold coins, most of which were melted down. Many surviving Gold Quarter Eagles were overseas during this time period, and only returned to the United States after the easing of the restrictions on private ownership of gold. When you buy Gold Quarter Eagles online, you may very well be purchasing a piece that spent decades in Europe or Asia.