United States $2.50 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle
Destined to become one of America’s most enduring coinage designs, Christian Gobrecht’s Coronet Liberty Head motif grew to be as familiar as the Pillar Dollar or Athenian Owl. First appearing on the $10 gold coin in 1838, it was adapted to the $5 gold coin in 1839 and the $2.50 in 1840.
Specifications of Liberty Head Quarter Eagle:
Weight: 64.5 grains (4.18 grams)
Composition: 90% gold – 10% copper
Designer/Engraver: Christian Gobrecht
Mint Marks: Philadelphia (none); Charlotte (C); Dahlonega (D); San Francisco (S); New Orleans (O); (found on the reverse under eagle)
Obverse: Liberty head facing left wearing a coronet inscribed LIBERTY. Date (below), 13 stars (surrounding) around a beaded border.
Reverse: Spread eagle holding 3 arrows in left claw and an olive branch in right. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the denomination 2 1/2 D. around a beaded border.