Turban Or Capped Head Quarter Eagle Facts/History:

In the year 1796 the first Quarter Eagles were minted and these first $2.50 gold coins featured a Draped Bust Liberty wearing a Liberty Cap on the obverse, with a Heraldic Eagle with Shield on the reverse. It's this Liberty Cap and how the hair in flowing around it that has gained this design the nickname "Turban Head". This series and design lasted from 1796-1807.

The first year saw the delivery of approximately 1,395 examples of the Draped bust Quarter Eagle, and in three recognized varieties, BD-1, BD-2, BD-3 (BD = Bass-Dannreuther). Obviously, from the above mintage figures, this quarter eagle is exceedingly rare. Couple that with, all the gold coin melting through out the years, losses due to circulation or burying of collections and the government seizure of gold coinage in 1933, and one can only wonder just how many still remain in existence and how many await discovery. It's factual the number is very few.


Designer: Robert Scot

Diameter: 20 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 91.7%
Other - 8.3%

Weight: 67.5 grains (4.37 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mint mark: None (all examples of this date and type were struck at the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mint)

Draped bust Quarter Eagle Mintages Values

TURBAN HEAD $2-1/2 DOLLARS 1795-1807

1796 Major varieties include No Stars and 13 Stars on Obverse
1802 All known examples are 1802/1 over dates.
1804 Found with 13 or 14 stars on the reverse
1806 All known examples are over dates of one sort or another

Capped Head $2.50 or Quarter Dollar 1795-1807