Quarter Eagles - Liberty
1851   $2.50NGC MS-61 $ 545
1851  $2.50PCGS MS-61 545
1852-O  $2.50PCGS XF-40 400
1853   $2.50NGC MS-61 535
1871 S  $2.50NGC AU-58 950
1878  $2.50PCGS MS-63 550
1897   $2.50NGC MS-64 685
1903   $2.50NGC MS-66 1095
1904   $2.50NGC MS-67 2300


Designed by Christian Gobrecht including an adaptation of the Reich-Kneass eagle reverse. Also known as a "Liberty" $2.50 or Quarter Eagle, this series had the longest run of any US type coin without major modification.

Dr. William Bigelow conceived the idea of making coins with the main designs in relief, yet sunk below the coin's surfaces. After gaining the approval of his good friend, President Roosevelt, Bigelow persuaded Bela Lyon Pratt to submit designs for a new quarter eagle and half eagle using this technique. The result is two of the most striking designs in all of American numismatics.