1908 $2.50 MS65

CERTIFICATION#: -27197
PCGS#: 7939

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Direct from Phila Mint Sold by Bowers and Merena Jun '84 price realized $2420

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1908 is definitely one of the most common issues of the series, and Mint State specimens up to the MS-63 and MS-64 levels can be obtained without too much difficulty. In MS-65 the issue is scarce but there are still a subatantial enough number around that one can be located with only a little effort. In MS-65 or better condition the 1908 is the most common Indian Head quarter eagle, probably by a fair margin. Being the first year of issue, many were saved as souvenirs or novelties and, as a result, there are a fair number of superb quality, near perfect examples of this date in existence.

The 1908 is typically well struck on the obverse but the reverse has a noticeable lack of detail on the eagle's wing. This is not the result of a weak strike but rather stems from a lack of die detail. (The die work was improved on later issues in the series.) The color is usually a medium greenish gold and the lustre is good but not exceptional. Most specimens have a rather "soft" frosty or sometimes even slightly satiny appearance.

Diameter: 18.00 millimeters Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 564,821 Weight: 4.18 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
2
275
1
6
240
8
245
10
250
12
255
15
260
20
265
2
30
275
2
35
275
12
45+
290
50+
295
53+
295
55+
310
58+
320
1
62+
600
4
66+
18,500
3

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 41,333 R-2.5 8 / 15 TIE 8 / 15 TIE
60 or Better 26,833 R-2.7 6 / 15 TIE 6 / 15 TIE
65 or Better 1,016 R-4.9 12 / 15 TIE 12 / 15 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade