The Indian Head Quarter Eagle series began in 1908 and represented a radical departure from the previous design. Rather than having raised design elements and a raised rim, the coins featured an incuse design that was sunken below the surface of the coin. Although this generated some controversy at the time of issue, the series has come to be appreciated by collectors for its beauty and artistry.
The designer of the Indian Quarter Eagle was Bela Lyon Pratt, a sculptor from Boston. His design replaced the long running Liberty Head design for the $2.50 gold denomination.