Indian $2.5

The Saint-Gaudens double eagle (or $20 gold piece) is frequently acclaimed as the single most beautiful coin in American history. A case can be made, however, that two smaller United States gold coins from the same historical period are really much more innovative and daring. And, at the time they made their first appearance, they were also quite a bit more controversial. These two coins are the Indian Head quarter and half eagles—or, in layman’s terms, the Indian Head $2.50 and $5 gold pieces, respectively.

At the start of the 20th century, the life expectancy of the average American was less than fifty years. But the four gold coins then being issued by Uncle Sam had all been around without a major design change for more than fifty years. Three, in fact, had carried the same design—a portrait of Miss Liberty wearing a coronet—for more than 60 years.

Clearly, it was time for a change, and in 1901 the groundwork was laid for that chang.... (Expand Text)

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1909 INDIAN $2.5 PR66

GEM ROMAN FINISH PROOF. ONLY 139 STRUCK.
$65,000.00

1909 INDIAN $2.5 PR66

GEM ROMAN FINISH PROOF SURFACES. ONLY 139 STRUCK.
$65,000.00

1910 INDIAN $2.5 PR66

GEM ROMAN FINISH PROOF. ONLY 682 STRUCK.
$39,950.00

1910 INDIAN $2.5 PR66

GEM ROMAN FINISH PROOF. ONLY 682 STRUCK. JUST 4 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$48,500.00

1910 INDIAN $2.5 PR66+

GEM ROMAN FINISH PROOF. ONLY 682 STRUCK.
$44,500.00

1910 INDIAN $2.5 PR68

GEM ROMAN FINISH PROOF. ONLY 682 STRUCK. EXPERTS ESTIMATE ONLY ABOUT 200 WERE DISTRIBUTED WITH THE BALANCE BEING MELTED.JUST A PR68+ GRADED HIGHER.
$109,500.00

1910 INDIAN $2.5 PR68

GEM ROMAN FINISH PROOF. ONLY 682 STRUCK. ASSUMED BY EXPERTS THAT ONLY ABOUT 200 COINS WERE DISTRIBUTED. THE REST WERE MELTED. JUST A PR68+ GRADED HIGHER.
$109,500.00

1910 INDIAN $2.5 PR68+

GEM ROMAN FINISH PROOF. VERY FLASHY. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. ONLY 682 WERE STRUCK. EXPERTS BELIEVE THAT ONLY ABOUT 200 COINS WERE EVER DISTRIBUTED AND THE BALANCE WERE MELTED DOWN.
$125,000.00

1913 INDIAN $2.5 PR67

GEM MATTE PROOF WITH DIAMOND CUT LOOK. ONLY 165 STRUCK.
$54,500.00

1914 INDIAN $2.5 PR66

GEM MATTE PROOF. ONLY 117 STRUCK.
$39,950.00

1915 INDIAN $2.5 PR67

GEM MATTE SURFACES. ONLY 100 STRUCK. FINAL YEAR OF ISSUE.
$49,500.00