The US $2.50 ('quarter eagle') gold coin was issued in 1796, and was the first coin to feature an eagle with a shield on its chest. The other side featured the bust of Liberty wearing a conical cap (sometimes referred to as a turban). Like half eagles, quarter eagles were often melted down as their value in gold exceeded their face value.

Starting in 1834, quarter eagles were produced with less gold content, and the design changed. The motto over the eagle’s head and Liberty’s cap were both removed. This design, known as the "Classic Head," was in use until 1839, when the motto was replaced. In 1848, quarter eagle coins that used gold shipped by the military governor of California were marked with "CAL."

In 1908, President Roosevelt asked sculptor Bela Lyon Pratt to create a new design for the quarter eagle. His design featured the bust of an Indian chief on one side and an eagle with closed wings on the other. This design was in use until quarter eagles ceased production in 1929.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Legendary Coins and Currency

Legendary Coins and Currency

This online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is a great way to get an overview… [read review or visit site]

Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors

Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors

Home to the Society of U.S. Pattern collectors, this well-organized site provides in-depth information on pattern c… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

1914-d $2.50 Indian Pcgs Ms621849-d Half Eagle Liberty Head { Dahlonega, Georgia ~ $5 Gold Piece }1868 Quarter Eagle Scarce Date 1902 $2.50 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle Gold Coin1908 $2.50 Indian Quarter Eagle Pcgs Ms 62- No Reserve!Key Date 1851-o Rpd $2.50 Dollar Gold Quarter Eagle 1914-d $2.50 Indian Head Quarter Eagle Gold Coin1912 $2 1/2 Indian Head Gold Coin Quarter Eagle Bu Ms!1926 $2.50 Indian Quarter Eagle Pcgs Ms 65 - No Reserve!1851 C Quarter Eagle No Motto Scarce Charlotte Mint Gold 1856-o $2.50 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle Gold Coin1868 P Quarter Eagle Proof Like Cameo No Wear Scarce Date 1911 $2.50 Indian Head Quarter Eagle Gold Coin1861 Liberty Head $2.50 2 1/2 Dollars Gold Quarter Eagle, Civil War Era Coin1846-o 2 1/2 Dollar Gold Coin 1905 $2.50 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle Gold Coin1926 $2.5 Gold Indian Rare Amazing Choice Beautiful Uncirculated U.s. Coin1914 Quarter Eagle, $2.5 Gold Indian, Better Date In Popular Series! * Free S/h1911 P Indian Head 2 1/2 Dollar Gold Piece - $2.5 Us Coin - Quarter Eagle1879 P.l. Ultra High Grade Liberty Head $2.50 Gold Coin From Big Collection 1914 $2.50 Indian Head Quarter Eagle Gold Coin1911 United States $2.5 Indian Head Gold Coin - Graded F **no Reserve**1861 Quarter Eagle Civil War Date1915 2.5 Dollar Indian Gold Coin In About Uncirculated Condition1929 Gold Us $2.50 Indian Head/eagle Coin - 90% Gold 1879-s $2.50 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle Gold Coin1907 $2.50 Liberty Coin Choice Uncirculated A Real Gem! No Reserve1909 $2.50 Indian Quarter Eagle Pcgs Ms 62- No Reserve!1910 Quarter Eagle Key Date $2.50 Indian This Nice Excellent Strike1926 $2.50 Quarter Eagle Indian Head Gold Coin **ch/bu** Us Coin !!!1927 $2 1/2 Indian Head Gold Coin Quarter Eagle Nice!1908 $2.50 Gold Indian- High Grade- No Reserve1915 $2 1/2 Indian Head Gold Coin Quarter Eagle Bu Ms!1836 $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle Classic Head 1907 $2.5 Gold Liberty, Ngc Ms641913 Half Eagle Key Date $5.00 Indian This Nice Excellent Strike 1909 $2.50 Indian Head Quarter Eagle Gold Coin1914 2 1/2 Dollar Gold Indian Head Quarter Eagle $2.50 Us Coin #4828 Rare Key 1925 D $2.5 Quarter Eagle Indian Head Gold CoinAvc- 1926 Gold $2.5 Indian Pcgs Ms63 - Spot Free - Very Pq1913 $2 1/2 Indian Head Gold Coin Quarter Eagle Bu Ms! 1925-d $2.50 Indian Head Quarter Eagle Gold CoinU.s. Gold Coin 1912 $2.50 Quarter Eagle Pcgs Au501929 P Indian Head 2 1/2 Dollar Gold Piece - $2.50 Us Coin - Quarter Eagle1870 $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle Nice Early Date Nice Grade Gold Coin1914 Indian Head $2.5 Gold Nice Uncirculated Key Date!!1913 Gold United States Indian Head $2.5 Dollar Quarter Eagle Coin1928 $2.50 Indian Quarter Eagle Ngc Ms 65 - No Reserve!1834 2.50 Classic Head Ch. Au ! Scarce Gold Coin!1925-d $2.50 Gold Indian Head Quarter Eagle - Ngc Ms641910-p $2.50 Indian Pcgs Au581908 Indian Head Gold Quarter Eagle "au+" *.12094oz Pure Gold*1908 Indian $2.5 Gold Quarter Eagle - Ef/au - Free Expedited Shipping!1915 $2.5 Gold Indian Rare Almost Uncirculated Plus+ Uncleaned U.s. Coin1910 2.5 Dollar Indian Gold Coin In About Uncirculated Condition1856-s 2.50 Liberty Type, Large Date Nice Au !very Scarce!1913-p $2.5 Indian Head Gold Quarter Eagle $2-1/2 United States 1915 Gold Indian Head 2-1/2 Dollar Quarter Eagle1915 Quarter Eagle Key Date $2.50 Indian Scarce This Nice Excellent Strike1928 Indian Head $2.5 Gold Nice Uncirculated