$2.50 Gold Coin Price Guide
The $2.50 gold coin series was started in 1796 and ended in 1929. During that 133 year period a lot of rare, but also a lot of common coins were issued. Today $2.50 seems like an odd denomination, but it made a lot of sense back in the day when you were regularly seeing $5, $10, and $20 gold pieces. Because it was a smaller denomination, these coins tended to see a lot of circulation, especially out west where gold was being mined and where paper money was disliked and sometimes refused. So it is not uncommon to see these coins with signs of lots of wear. With that said, there are also plenty of years where hoards of high MS grades exist.
You will want to pay close attention to the mint mark, especially from the 1840s to 1870s. The mints at Charlotte, Dahlonega, New Orleans, and San Francisco all minted their own $2.50 gold coins. Having a mint mark doesn’t always make the coin rare, but it certainly does some of the time. A few rare years and mint marks are 1840-D, 1848-D, 1854-D, 1854-S, 1855-D, 1856-D, 1859-D, 1864, 1865, and 1875. The key date from the 1908-1929 series if the 1911-D. Please keep in mind that not all years from 1908 to 1929 were minted.
Any pre-1835 $2.50 gold coin is considered scarce. They were issued in a time before branch mints existed. So this is a case where older is better no matter what. Outside of age and mint mark, you of course have to pay special attention to the grade/condition of these coins. Please contact us if you need an offer or just want to know the value of your $2.50 gold coin. Info@Coins.com
Indian Quarter Eagle (1908-1929)