US Two and a Half Dollar (Quarter Eagle) Gold Coins
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...