Sculpted by Bela Lyon Pratt, the $5 Indian Head Half Eagle coin is one of two coins designed by this sculptor (the other being the $2.50 Indian gold coin.) President Roosevelt played an important role in the re-design of this smaller gold coin, commissioning Pratt (once a student of Augustus Saint-Gaudens) on the recommendation of his good friend, Dr. William Sturgis Bigelow.
Interestingly, the coin features on its obverse, the first true American Indian Chief to appear on a U.S coin. Previously, Caucasian models somewhat awkwardly attired in American Indian dress were featured.
This authentic chief wears a full-feathered headdress bearing the word LIBERTY on its head band. He is circled by a border of thirteen stars, with minting date also included.
The Indian Half Head Eagle front face depicts a bald eagle, standing proudly aloft olive branches, and looking at the words UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST.
Date Minted: 1908-1929
Designer(s): Bela Lyon Pratt
90% Gold 10% Copper
Diameter: 21.60 MM
Weight: 8.24 Grams
One of the most affordable ways to begin investing in rare gold coins is to start with the U.S. $2.50 Liberty Head “Quarter Eagle”.
In similar fashion to the $20 Saint-Gaudens gold piece, and the $5 Indian Head, President Roosevelt was also instrumental in the re-design of this smaller gold coin.
The St. Gaudens “Double Eagle” is considered the most beautiful of all United States coinage and is a treasured centerpiece in many numismatic collections.
Minted from 1849 to 1907, the $20 Liberty Head gold coin was the most popular and recognizable coin of its era.
The $10 Indian head coin, regarded by numismatists and dealers as one of the most exquisite coins ever to be minted by the United States Mint.
An important part of a gold investment collection is the U.S. Five Dollar Liberty Head Half Eagle.
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