1929 $2.50 (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Head $2 1/2 1908-1929

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS #:
7953
Designer:
Bela Lyon Pratt
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
18.00 millimeters
Weight:
4.18 grams
Mintage:
532,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 66,166 R-2.3 13 / 15 TIE 13 / 15 TIE
60 or Better 49,000 R-2.5 13 / 15 TIE 13 / 15 TIE
65 or Better 433 R-6.1 10 / 15 10 / 15
Survival Estimate
All Grades 66,166
60 or Better 49,000
65 or Better 433
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.3
60 or Better R-2.5
65 or Better R-6.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 13 / 15 TIE
60 or Better 13 / 15 TIE
65 or Better 10 / 15
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 13 / 15 TIE
60 or Better 13 / 15 TIE
65 or Better 10 / 15

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2014:4791, $30,550

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS65+ PCGS grade MS65+ PCGS grade
5 MS65+ PCGS grade
5 MS65+ PCGS grade
5 MS65+ PCGS grade
9 MS65 PCGS grade PCGS #7953 (MS)     65
9 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2014:4791, $30,550

#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
MS65+ PCGS grade #5 MS65+ PCGS grade
#5 MS65+ PCGS grade
#5 MS65+ PCGS grade
#5 MS65+ PCGS grade
PCGS #7953 (MS)     65 #9 MS65 PCGS grade
#9 MS65 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): This is an unusual issue in that it is easy to find in MS-63 or lower condition but surprisingly difficult to locate in MS-64 or better grade. Gems are rare without a doubt, considerably more so than any of the other late issues. Why this is so I really have no idea but I can state that I have not seen all that many 1929 quarter eagles that would grade a full MS-65 by today's stringent standards. A few superb, nearly perfect pieces are known but in MS-67 condition, the 1929 is clearly a major rarity.

The strike on a typical 1929 is very good although some specimens are not quite as sharp as the several issues immediately preceding this one. Many examples also show obvious signs of die buckling at the borders. Lustre is nearly always very good to excellent and the color is most often a rich yellow gold with a greenish tint.
David Hall:

The 1929 is the major condition rarity of the later date $2.5 Indians. It is really rare in superb condition. The one MS67 was graded by PCGS in August, 1987. I remember the coin and it was really spectacular. I haven't seen the coin since and it hasn't appeared in any auction that I know of.