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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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1912 INDIAN HEAD GOLD $2.50 QUARTER EAGLE
Jun 23, 9:00 AM MST
1912 INDIAN HEAD GOLD $2.50 QUARTER EAGLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
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1839 CLASSIC HEAD GOLD $2.50 QUARTER EAGLE
Jun 23, 9:00 AM MST
1839 CLASSIC HEAD GOLD $2.50 QUARTER EAGLE
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Est: $0- $0
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1837 CLASSIC HEAD GOLD $2.50 QUARTER EAGLE
Jun 23, 9:00 AM MST
1837 CLASSIC HEAD GOLD $2.50 QUARTER EAGLE
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Est: $0- $0
$40013 Bids
1912 2 1/2 DOLLAR GOLD INDIAN
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
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by Appalachian Trading Post & Auction Company
Est: $10- $5,000
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1853 LIBERTY HEAD GOLD $2.50 QUARTER EAGLE
Jun 23, 9:00 AM MST
1853 LIBERTY HEAD GOLD $2.50 QUARTER EAGLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
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1851 LIBERTY HEAD GOLD $2.50 QUARTER EAGLE
Jun 23, 9:00 AM MST
1851 LIBERTY HEAD GOLD $2.50 QUARTER EAGLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$28010 Bids
1925 2 1/2 DOLLAR GOLD INDIAN
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
1925 2 1/2 DOLLAR GOLD INDIAN
by Appalachian Trading Post & Auction Company
Est: $10- $5,000
$27510 Bids
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1838 CLASSIC HEAD GOLD $2.50 QUARTER EAGLE
Jun 23, 9:00 AM MST
1838 CLASSIC HEAD GOLD $2.50 QUARTER EAGLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$3209 Bids
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1907 LIBERTY HEAD GOLD $2.50 QUARTER EAGLE
Jun 23, 9:00 AM MST
1907 LIBERTY HEAD GOLD $2.50 QUARTER EAGLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$3009 Bids
1913 2 1/2 DOLLAR GOLD INDIAN
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
1913 2 1/2 DOLLAR GOLD INDIAN
by Appalachian Trading Post & Auction Company
Est: $10- $5,000
$3009 Bids
1902 - $2.50 LIBERTY GOLD COIN
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
1902 - $2.50 LIBERTY GOLD COIN
by Appalachian Trading Post & Auction Company
Est: $10- $5,000
$3009 Bids
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1851-O LIBERTY HEAD GOLD $2.50 QUARTER EAGLE
Jun 23, 9:00 AM MST
1851-O LIBERTY HEAD GOLD $2.50 QUARTER EAGLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$2608 Bids
Lot of Six $2.5 Gold Coins, 1912 Indian Head, 1914 Indian Head, 1915 Indian Head, (3) 1902 Liberty Head XF
Jun 22, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of Six $2.5 Gold Coins, 1912 Indian Head, 1914 Indian Head, 1915 Indian Head, (3) 1902 Liberty Head XF
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $1,200- $1,600
$1,2005 Bids
1891 $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle PCGS MS65
Jun 13, 5:00 PM CDT
1891 $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle PCGS MS65
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $430- $10,000
$4502 Bids
(2) 1912 INDIAN HEAD 2 1/2 GOLD DOLLARS
Jun 23, 11:00 AM EDT
(2) 1912 INDIAN HEAD 2 1/2 GOLD DOLLARS
by White's Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2502 Bids
1907 $2.50 Gold Liberty Head Coin PCGS
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
1907 $2.50 Gold Liberty Head Coin PCGS
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
1929 $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle PCGS MS62
Jun 22, 10:00 AM CDT
1929 $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle PCGS MS62
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $380- $10,000
$3751 Bid
1907 $2.5 GOLD LIBERTY PCGS MS-64 CAC
Jun 18, 11:00 AM EDT
1907 $2.5 GOLD LIBERTY PCGS MS-64 CAC
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $750- $850
$101 Bid
1915-S Pan-Pac $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle CLOSELY UN
Jun 15, 10:00 AM CDT
1915-S Pan-Pac $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle CLOSELY UN
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $305- $10,000
$3001 Bid
1850-C Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. Winter-1. MS-61 (NGC).
Jun 18, 2:00 PM PDT
1850-C Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. Winter-1. MS-61 (NGC).
by Stack's Bowers Galleries
Est: $0- $0
$3201 Bid
U.S. 1911 $2.50 Indian Head Gold Coin
Jun 23, 12:00 PM EDT
U.S. 1911 $2.50 Indian Head Gold Coin
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$2251 Bid
U.S. 1915 $2.50 Indian Head Gold Coin
Jun 23, 12:00 PM EDT
U.S. 1915 $2.50 Indian Head Gold Coin
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$2001 Bid
U.S. 1909 $2.50 Indian Head Gold Coin
Jun 23, 12:00 PM EDT
U.S. 1909 $2.50 Indian Head Gold Coin
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
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1914 $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle ANACS AU53
Jun 20, 5:00 PM CDT
1914 $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle ANACS AU53
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $330- $10,000
$3250 Bids

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