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U.S. $2.50 Indians, in our opinion, are an under-appreciated and highly promising segment of today's coin market. In gem-quality Mint State 64 condition, they combine extreme scarcity and a unique design with relatively low prices. We think they're real sleepers.
Along with their $5 Indian brethren, $2.50 Indians are unique because they feature an incuse design, meaning their images and inscriptions are actually cut into the coin surface. All other U.S. coins are struck in bas-relief, meaning their designs are raised slightly above the surface fields. This unique design adds to their widespread collector interest.
Exceptional scarcity, great value
Minted for only 15 years (1908 to 1915, 1925 to 1929), $2.50 Indian gold coins (or Quarter Eagles) were produced in very limited numbers with an average per-year mintage of less than half a million coins. Most were heavily used as currency or melted down during the Depression. Only 44,033 survivors are known in near-gem Mint State 64 condition (PCGS + NGC, 12/28/2016). In 1989, during the last rare coin boom, they traded dealer-to-dealer for more than $4,125.
Unlike most forms of gold bullion, they are exempt from broker reporting requirements. In our opinion, they're better than bullion for bulk gold buyers.
• Only 44,033 coins survive in certified MS64. This exceptional scarcity can mean higher premiums during periods of peak demand.
• Dealer-to-dealer high of $4,125 in 1989. Combines relatively low prices with excellent upside potential.
• Private, liquid, and secure. Unlike most forms of gold bullion, they are exempt from broker reporting requirements.
$2.50 Indian (MS64)
Minted: 1908 to 1915; 1925 to 1929
oz. pure gold
Size: 18 mm, reeded edge
Weight: 4.18 grams