1915 Quarter Eagle Indian (1915 $2.50 Indian) NGC MS61. Mint luster gleams from within the devices of this Indian Head 1915 Quarter Eagle. The surfaces show some trivial marks, consistent with the grade. The design motifs are sharply detailed. Designed by Bela Lyon Pratt, a student of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the Indian Head quarter eagle shows a realistic portrait of a brave. His use as a symbol of Liberty can be seen as a continuation of a tendency started with the portrait of “Running Antelope” on the five dollar bill of 1899. For the reverse, Pratt adapted the reverse of Saint-Gaudens’ eagle. The standing eagle depicted reminds one of Egyptian sculpture.
Unlike all prior circulating United States coinage, the Indian Head quarter eagles are incuse. The devices on the coin are sunk below the fields so the high points are protected. However, since there are no raised rims to protect them, the fields are highly susceptible to wear and mishandling.
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