History, Information, and Value of 1911 Indian Quarter Eagle Gold
Value of 1911 Indian Head Quarter Eagle
While fully rendered examples can be located, the majority of coins exhibit traces of weakness to the lower obverse and central reverse. The luster is also less than ideal, with most pieces displaying a more subdued or granular complexion compared to the frosty and satiny luster of earlier issues. The color tends to range from green-gold to orange-gold, with copper spots not uncommon. The 1911 quarter eagle can also have heavily abraded surfaces, and eye appeal is generally below average overall. Patience may be required to find a truly premium example.
With the second highest mintage of the Indian Head quarter eagle series, the 1911 is the most available of the pre-1920s issues. Coins are readily available up through MS-63, and MS-64 examples are just slightly scarcer. In Gem, however, the date becomes exponentially scarcer and anything finer than MS-65 is a considerably rarity. Most specialists agree that the finest examples top out at MS-66 for this issue.
Proofs: After experimenting with a satin finish for the 1909 and 1910 issues, the Philadelphia Mint returned to the Sand Blast format for the Proof 1911 Indian Head quarter eagle. This is the same general finish used for the Proof 1908, although the typical Proof 1911 is somewhat lighter in color with more of a fine grain texture. These two dates are the most readily obtainable Proof Indian Head quarter eagles. The 1911 is rarer than the 1908, and it is also much scarcer than even a small mintage of 191 pieces might imply. Many Proof 1911 quarter eagles were destroyed in the Mint when they failed to sell, and fewer than 125 examples are believed to have survived to the present day.
The text on the Indian Head Quarter Eagle reads as follows. Obverse: LIBERTY; Date; B.L.P. | Reverse: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; E PLURIBUS UNUM; 2 1/2 DOLLARS; IN GOD WE TRUST
If the text on your coin is not consistent with the text above, you either have a counterfeit, or you have a silver round with gold toning. Silver rounds were introduced recently that bear this same design. With gold toning covering them, it could be easy to confuse your coin for a gold coin. Please look for the word “Copy,” “0.999 Fine,” or “Silver,” before asking our experts what the value of your gold coin is. If you need help determining the condition of your coin, we are rare coin experts and would love to help.