United States $2.50 Indian Head Quarter Eagle 1908-1929
The $2.50 and $5.00 Indian Head designs were the next logical step to President Theodore Roosevelt’s “pet crime”, his desire to improve our “atrociously hideous” coinage and restore it to the beauty and dignity of Ancient Greek coinage.
Specifications of Indian Head Quarter Eagle:
Diameter: 17/24” (18 mm)
Weight: 64.5 grains (4.18 grams)
Composition: 90% gold – 10% copper
Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Engraver: Charles E. Barber
Mint Marks: Philadelphia (none) Denver (D – found left of arrows on reverse)
Obverse: Male Indian head wearing feathered headdress, facing left. LIBERTY above head with date below. Designer’s initials BLP over date. 13 stars (6 left/7 right) around plain border. Devices are incuse (below the plane of the field).
Reverse: Eagle perched on a group of arrows and an olive branch. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above eagle around plain border. Motto E PLURIBUS UNUM in the field to the left in 3 rows. Motto IN GOD WE TRUST in the field to the right in 4 rows. Denomination 2 1/2 DOLLARS be- low eagle.