How Much is 2.5 dollar Gold Coin Worth? (Price Chart)

US gold coins were widespread on the market in the past, but they are only sentimental treasures nowadays that many collectors and investors want to have. The US Mint produced two gold quarters in its history, the $2.5 Indian gold quarter eagle coin and 2.5 Liberty head gold quarter eagle coin.

The same characteristic for these pieces is that they are scarce and highly collectible. When estimating the 2.5 Dollar gold coin value, the only thing to do is check the particular specimen condition. Let’s see.

 

2.5 Dollar Gold Coin History

2.5 Dollar Gold Coin History
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Quarter eagles were gold coins with a denomination of two dollars and fifty cents and authentic art pieces. The list of American 2.5 gold dollars includes:

  • Turban head gold $2.50 quarter eagle minted from 1796 to 1807
  • Capped bust gold $2.50 quarter eagle minted in 1808
  • Classic head gold $2.50 quarter eagle minted from 1834 to 1839
  • Coronet head gold $2.50 quarter eagle minted from 1840 to 1907
  • Indian head gold $2.50 quarter eagle minted from 1908 to 1929

2.5 Quarter eagle dollar gold coin

Feature Turban head

(Capped bust)

Classic head Coronet head

(Liberty head)

2.5 Indian head
Face value $2.5
Compound 91.7% gold and 8.3% copper 90% gold and 10% copper
Fineness 0.9167 or 22 Karat 0.8992 or 21.6 Karat
Coin weight 0.14050 troy ounces (4.37 g) 0.13439 troy ounces (4.18 g)
Gold weight 0.12884 troy ounces (4 g) 0.12094 troy ounces (3.76 g)
Coin diameter 0.78740 inches (20 mm) 0.70866 inches (18 mm)
Years of minting 1796 to 1807 1834 to 1839 1840 to 1907 1908 to 1929
Designer Robert Scot William Kneass Christian Gobrecht Bela Lyon Pratt
Shape Round Round
Edge Reeded Reeded

The US Mint struck a relatively low coin number before 1834, but the gold content was higher. The first gold pieces were struck in 1796, and the last date of issue was 1929. However, their use was officially discontinued only in 1933 when the US left the politics of Gold Standard.

 

2.5 Dollar Gold Coin Types

2.5 Dollar Gold Coin Types
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You can find three primary varieties of early Liberty head gold quarter design and one Indian gold quarter type minted later.

Turban head gold $2.50 quarter eagle

Year Quality Mintage
Fine Very fine Extra fine AU MS 60 MS 65
1796 with stars $38,217 $52,508 $77,496 $105,838 $214,139 $1,193,345 432
1796 without stars $46,470 $70,778 $97,559 $127,701 $264,259 $1,970,997 963
1797 $20,498 $28,070 $44,565 $82,546 $167,163 / 427
1798 $9,025 $11,460 $17,073 $33,250 $77,497 / 1,094
1802 $6,638 $9,548 $14,039 $19,583 $38,219 / 3,035
1804 with 14 stars $5,813 $9,978 $15,626 $19,583 $38,219 / 3,327
1804 with 13 stars $82,549 $167,170 $214,149 321,665 / /
1805 $6,460 $10,329 $15,626 $19,583 $38,219 / 1,781
1806 6 over 5 (7 stars left and 6 right) $13,354 $16,748 $21,999 $44,567 $106,966 / 480
1806 6 over 4 (8 stars left and 5 right $6,460 $10,329 $15,626 $19,583 $38,219 / 1,136
1807 $6,460 $9,549 $14,840 $17,989 $35,127 / 6,812

*by USA Coin Book

Capped bust (Turban head)

Capped bust (Turban head)

Engraver Robert Scot designed this gold coin, and its production started in 1796. Until 1807, less than 20,000 coins were minted in total. The first year, the US Mint issued a variety with no stars, but later coins contained them.

In 1808, John Reich redesigned a coin and replaced the turban with a more traditional cap. Unfortunately, this coin was minted only in 1808, with a mintage of 2,710 pieces.

Capped bust gold $2.50 quarter eagle*

Year Quality Mintage
Very fine Extra fine AU MS 60 MS 63
1808 $48,488 $66,823 $97,565 $167,173 $723,252 2,710
1821 $9,980 $14,867 $17,287 $35,132 / 6,448
1824 $10,332 $15,629 $17,992 $38,225 / 2,600
1825 $9,028 $14,043 $17,077 $35,132 / 4,434
1826 $13,682 $18,852 $27,629 $77,510 / 760
1827 $10,332 $14,358 $19,587 $38,225 / 2,800
1829 $8,420 $10,332 $14,043 $27,629 / 3,403
1830 $8,420 $10,332 $14,043 $27,629 / 4,540
1831 $8,420 $10,333 $14,043 $27,630 / 4,520
1832 $8,420 $10,333 $14,043 $27,630 / 4,400
1833 $8,420 $10,333 $14,043 $27,630 / 4,160
1834 $16,752 $22,004 $33,258 $82,564 / 4,000

*by USA Coin Book

The US Mint decided to reinstate the quarter eagle in 1821, but its diameter was reduced to 0.72835 inches (18.5 mm). In 1829, the quarter eagle became even smaller, with a diameter of 0.71654 (18.2 mm). That design version was in use until 1834.

Classic head

Classic head

Second chief engraver William Kneass designed this coin with a girl wearing a ribbon that bound her curly hair. The curiosity was that there was no Latin saying E PLURIBUS UNUM on the coin reverse. It was produced from 1834 to 1839.

Classic head gold $2.50 quarter eagle*

Year Quality Mintage
Very fine Extra fine AU MS 60 MS 65
1834 $750 $1,055 $1,600 $3,887 $12,909 112,234
1835 $750 $1,055 $1,600 $3,887 $13,350 131,402
1836 $750 $1,055 $1,600 $4,264 $12,909 547,986
1837 $780 $1,395 $2,330 $6,453 $17,985 45,080
1838 $780 $1,215 $1,780 $5,197 $13,675 47,030
1838 C $2,853 $4,337 $9,543 $29,153 $54,960 7,880
1839 $812 $1,532 $2,571 $8,411 $30,740 18,140
1839 D $2,853 $4,752 $9,543 $33,250 $55,807 13,674
1839 C $2,626 $3,729 $5,676 $30,740 $57,970 4,808
1839 O $1,165 $1,780 $2,853 $10,324 $30,740 17,781

*by USA Coin Book

Liberty head (Coronet head)

Liberty head (Coronet head)

In 1940, the US Mint started the Coronet head gold coin production after Christian Gobrecht’s design. In 1848, only 1,389 coins got the punch-CAL (Coronet head), making them highly collectible nowadays. This variety was successfully produced until 1907, and it was the most famous piece in the whole series.

Coronet (Liberty) head gold $2.50 quarter eagle (the most collectible)*

Year Quality Mintage
Very fine Extra fine AU MS 60 MS 63
1840 D $3,887 $9,543 $13,674 $35,126 / 3,532
1841 $70,787 $106,979 $137,818 214,184 / 15
1841 D $2,447 $5,110 $9,972 $30,740 $59,149 4,164
1842 D $2,330 $5,110 $10,923 $35,126 / 4,643
1848 CAL $38,220 $48,491 $57,974 $94,308 $137,823 1,389
1852 D $2,117 $3,341 $6,632 $17,281 $46,477 4,078
1853 D $2,041 $3,730 $5,416 $17,071 $48,492 3,178
1854 D $3,887 $8,412 $13,350 $33,252 $77,512 1,760
1854 S $301,750 $429,625 $537,832 / / 246
1855 D $5,111 $9,021 $16,002 $52,516 / 1,123
1855 C $2,117 $3,730 $6,185 $27,624 $48,493 3,677
1856 D $9,021 $13,350 $31,105 $77,513 / 874
1859 D $2,537 $3,730 $5,197 $21,998 $48,494 2,244
1864 $8,412 $16,745 $30,744 $59,156 $87,775 2,784
1865 $5,111 $9,544 $21,999 $44,573 $59,157 1,545
1875 $5,111 $8,413 $13,676 $30,746 $44,575 420
1881 $2,572 $3,342 $5,677 $10,925 $27,628 691

*by USA Coin Book

Indian head gold $2.50 quarter eagle

Indian head gold $2.50 quarter eagle

Sculptor Bela Lyon Pratt designed the fascinating Indian $2.5 Indian Gold quarter eagle coin minted from 1908 to 1929. The design without raised edges was unique but also criticized in those times.

Nowadays, collectors appreciate it as part of American coinage’s creative renaissance. You can see that this particular series includes numerous key dates, such as:

  • 1911 D $2.5 gold Indian head with more expensive strong D and cheaper weak D type
  • 1914 $2.5 gold Indian head
  • All proof coins

2.5 Indian head quarter eagle gold dollar*

Year Quality Mintage
Very fine Extra fine AU MS 60 MS 63 PR 63
1908 $471 $498 $508 $604 $1,346 $9,976 565,057
1909 $471 $498 $508 $604 $1,918 $10,927 441,899
1910 $471 $498 $508 $604 $1,780 $10,328 492,682
1911 $471 $498 $508 $604 $1,215 $9,976 704,191
1911 D $3,224 $3,888 $5,199 $9,023 $20,503 / 55,680
1912 $471 $498 $508 $604 $1,780 $10,927 616,197
1913 $471 $498 $508 $604 $1,305 $9,976 722,165
1914 $498 $508 $578 $812 $5,199 $10,927 240,117
1914 D $471 $498 $508 $604 $1,877 / 448,000
1915 $471 $498 $508 $604 $1,346 $13,354 606,100
1925 $471 $498 $508 $552 $812 / 578,000
1926 $471 $498 $508 $552 $812 / 446,000
1927 $471 $498 $508 $552 $812 / 388,000
1928 $471 $498 $508 $552 $812 / 416,000
1929 $471 $498 $508 $552 $812 / 532,000

*by USA Coin Book

These gold coins’ values tend to increase these days, so it is an excellent moment to consider them an investment.

 

The Most Expensive American 2.5 Dollar Gold Coins

The Most Expensive American 2.5 Dollar Gold Coins

All American $2.5 gold coins are highly collectible and an excellent investment. It is practically impossible to find a cheap piece, but some are insanely expensive.

The most valuable 2.5 dollar gold coins

Type Year Grade Value
Draped bust gold quarter eagle with no stars 1796 MS 65 $1,725,000
Capped bust gold quarter eagle 1808 MS 65 $2,350,000

As you can guess, the rarest pieces in excellent condition are the most costly. Every collector dream about:

  • 1796 Draped bust gold quarter eagle without stars
  • 1808 Capped bust gold quarter eagle

Since both specimens are worth millions of dollars, only the wealthiest collectors can afford such a piece.

 

Summary

The US Mint produced $2.50 gold coins from 1796 to 1929, including errors, rarities, and many standard pieces. Most of these gold dollars spent years in circulation thanks to their smaller denomination.

Therefore, they typically show numerous signs of wear. As a result, every specimen will be worth some money, but those in the mint state will cost you a small fortune.

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