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Indian Head Quarter Eagle

1926 Indian Head Quarter Eagle

1914 Indian Head Quarter Eagle
1926 Indian Head $2.5 PCGS MS65
PCGS No: 7950
Mintage: 446,000
Proofs: 0
Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Diameter: 18 millimeters
Metal content: 90% gold / Copper - 10%
Weight: ±64.5 grains (±4.18 grams)
Edge: Reeded
Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, PA) left of the arrowheads on the reverse.

The 1926 Quarter Eagle is the first Indian Head Quarter Eagle to be produced at the Philadelphia mint since 1915. It begins a run of four issues that are regarded as the most common dates of this type.

The 1926 Indian Head quarter is one of the most plentiful of the entire series. There are slightly fewer examples seen in most certified grades than the 1925-D issue, but clearly this is one of the most available dates. Even in full gem MS-65 grades, examples can be obtained with minimal patience. Most are sharply impressed by the dies, and the color and luster is consistent with prior and subsequent dates. This date is second only to the plentiful 1908 issue in certified MS-66 grades, but to date, no MS-67 examples have been certified by NGC, ANACS, or PCGS. This date is recommended for a type collector, as obtaining an example commands no premium for rarity.

STRIKE: There are not many Indian Head Quarter Eagles that are as well struck as the 1926. The typical example has very sharp detail on the obverse with nearly full feathers. While a few are seen with some peripheral weakness due to die buckling, most are sharp in this area as well. The reverse is also sharp with nearly full feather detail on the wings, breast and inner leg of the eagle.

SURFACES: This is the most available Indian Head Quarter Eagle in Mint State-65 and, as a result, it is possible to locate a piece that has reasonably clean surfaces. The typical coin does show scattered small marks, but there are a number that are very clean.

LUSTER: The luster on this issue is excellent with a frosty texture that
is quite possibly the best on any date of this type. High grade examples often have such good luster that they make ideal type pieces to illustrate the beauty of the Indian Head design.

COLORATION: Original pieces have a number of possible color variations. Some are known with medium green-gold hues while others are a lighter rose-gold. A smaller number exist with very attractive orange-gold. Locating one with good color remains relatively easy.

EYE APPEAL: There are many truly attractive 1926 Quarter Eagles known. Most high grade pieces are well struck, have choice surfaces and excellent luster and display good color.

Condition Census: To qualify for the Condition Census, a 1926 Indian Head Quarter Eagle must be Mint State-66.



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