Show your patriotism! Literally wear your pride on your sleeve! These fancy gold cuff links are an American 1914 2 1/2 dollar coin. The front of the coin has an eagle and has written "In God We Trust" and "E Pluribus Unum" as well as being marked with the words "2 1/2 dollars" and "United States of America". The rear of the gold coin has "Liberty" written and is dated 1914 with a Native American profile.
The coins are bezel set in a fancy twisted wire work setting and the back toggle clip is stamped "14K". The setting tested 14 karat yellow gold and the coins are 900 yellow gold.
1910 & 1914 USA Indian Head gold coins are among the hardest to find and are considered uncommon. They are especially hard to find with a good luster, like this one.
In 1908 these coins were designed by Bela Lyon Pratt. The first coins were made with 22 karat gold and later with 18 karat gold. These coins are unique in United States coinage because the design and inscriptions are stamped in incuse, rather than being raised from the surface, meaning that the flat surfaces are the highest points of the coin. They are in very sharp detail.
Production of the half eagle was suspended during World War I and not resumed until 1929, the final year of issue.
The 1914 Indian Head Quarter Eagle represents the second lowest mintage coin in the series overall. It also represents the lowest mintage coin issued from the Philadelphia Mint. A total of 240,117 were put into circulation and there were only 117 proofs.
The cuff links measure 2.3 cm and weigh 8.2 grams and 8.4 grams.
They are in good vintage condition. The marks on the back of the cuff links are due to attaching the toggle to the setting.
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