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United States $2.50 Quarter Eagle Gold Coins

Quarter eagle coins derive their names from the term “eagle," which was a term used to describe a $10 gold coin in the Coinage Act of 1792. As the name suggests, a quarter eagle is a $2.50 coin. Quarter eagles were minted from 1796 to 1929, but they were not officially discontinued until 1933 when the United States withdrew from the gold standard.

While the quarter eagle was minted, the coin went through four redesigns: the capped bust, the classic head, the Liberty head, and the Indian head. Perhaps the most significant change to occur to the quarter eagle, however, was not the visual design, but rather the 1834 changes to the weight and quality of the gold used to create the coin. Since the pre-1834 coins had a higher quantity and quality of gold present, many were melted down. All early years of quarter eagles are incredibly scarce as a result.

Quarter eagles were made at the Philadelphia, Charlotte, New Orleans, and Denver Mints. Charlotte coins are among the most desirable examples due to the novelty and relative scarcity of coins from the Charlotte Mint. An interesting subvariant of the Liberty head quarter eagle exists, bearing a CAL stamp above the eagle on the reverse of the coin. This stamp signifies that the gold comprising the coin comes from one of the first shipments of gold from the California Gold Rush in 1848. Mint records state that only 1,389 of these coins were made.


Quick Facts

  • A special edition 1915-S quarter eagle was produced as a commemorative coin. This quarter eagle features completely unique designs on both the obverse and the reverse. Fewer than 7,000 exist today
  • A 1796 quarter eagle sold for $1,725,000 at an auction in 2008. This coin had a phenomenally high grade and a rare variety, as there were no stars present on the obverse
  • According to Professional Coin Grading Service, Indian Head quarter eagles make up roughly 40% of the counterfeit gold coins that are sent to them. A collector once sent in an complete year set made entirely of counterfeit coins

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1915 INDIAN 2 1/2 DOLLAR GOLD COIN
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1908 US 2 1/2 DOLLAR GOLD INDIAN COIN.
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1912 $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle NEARLY UNCIRCULATED
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1925-d Gold Indian Quarter Eagle $2 1/2 Graded au58 By SEGS
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1913 $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle ABOUT UNCIRCULATED
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1836 $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle LIGHTLY CIRCULATED
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1913 $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle CLOSE UNC
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***Auction Highlight*** 1912-p Gold Indian Quarter Eagle $2 1/2 Graded ms64 By SEGS (fc)
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1909 $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle LIGHTLY CIRCULATED
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1913 $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle PCGS-MS62
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1870-S $2 1/2 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle Gold Coin
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1914-D GOLD $2.5 INDIAN BU
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Est: $500- $550
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1926 GOLD $2.5 INDIAN GEM BU
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Est: $1,500- $1,600
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1909 GOLD $2.5 INDIAN CH BU
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***Auction Highlight*** 1856-o Gold Liberty Quarter Eagle $2 1/2 Graded au53 By SEGS (fc)
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***Auction Highlight*** 1860-s Gold Liberty Quarter Eagle $2 1/2 Graded ms62 details By SEGS (fc)
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***Auction Highlight*** 1860-s Gold Liberty Quarter Eagle $2 1/2 Graded ms62 details By SEGS (fc)
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***Auction Highlight*** 1914-d Gold Indian Quarter Eagle $2 1/2 Graded ms63 By SEGS (fc)
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***Auction Highlight*** 1914-d Gold Indian Quarter Eagle $2 1/2 Graded ms63 By SEGS (fc)
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Est: $1,000- $2,000
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***Auction Highlight*** 1914-p Gold Indian Quarter Eagle $2 1/2 Graded ms63+ By SEGS (fc)
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***Auction Highlight*** 1914-p Gold Indian Quarter Eagle $2 1/2 Graded ms63+ By SEGS (fc)
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***Auction Highlight*** 1858-p Gold Liberty Quarter Eagle $2 1/2 Graded ms64 By SEGS (fc)
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Est: $3,750- $7,500
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