by | Feb 4, 2024 | History, Numismatics

The 1911 $2.50 gold coin, also known as the 1911 Indian Head Quarter Eagle, is a small gold coin that was minted by the United States Mint in 1911. It is part of the Indian Head Quarter Eagle series, which was produced from 1908 to 1929. The coin gets its name from the image of a Native American chief on the obverse (front) side.

Key features of the 1911 $2.50 gold coin:

Design: The obverse of the coin features the profile of a Native American chief, which is a distinctive and artistic representation created by sculptor Bela Lyon Pratt. This design is notable for its incuse (sunken) relief, meaning that the design elements are recessed into the surface of the coin rather than raised. The chief’s portrait is surrounded by 13 stars, representing the original 13 colonies.

Reverse: The reverse side depicts a bald eagle standing on a bundle of arrows and an olive branch. The eagle is encircled by the inscriptions “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” The denomination “$2.50” is located below the eagle.

Composition: The coin is made of 90% gold and 10% copper, which was a standard composition for many U.S. gold coins of that era.

Specifications: The coin has a diameter of 18 millimeters and a weight of 4.18 grams.

Mintage: The 1911 $2.50 gold coin had a relatively low mintage compared to some other years in the series. The total number of coins minted in that year influences the coin’s rarity and potential value.

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