Indian Half Eagle Coins - 0.24187 oz(1908-1929) ~ $5 Face Value MS-63

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One of the more unusual examples produced from this change was the $5 Indian Head Gold ᄑ Eagle designed by Bela Lyon Pratt (a pupil of Augustus Saint-Gaudens) and produced from 1908 to 1929. What made the coin unusual was the fact that both the obverse and reverse designs were incused or sunken below the surface of the coin and the coin had no raised rim.
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Indian Half Eagle Coins - 0.24187 oz(1908-1929) ~ $5 Face Value  MS-63Indian Half Eagle Coins - 0.24187 oz(1908-1929) ~ $5 Face Value MS-63
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One of the more unusual examples produced from this change was the $5 Indian Head Gold ᄑ Eagle designed by Bela Lyon Pratt (a pupil of Augustus Saint-Gaudens) and produced from 1908 to 1929. What made the coin unusual was the fact that both the obverse and reverse designs were incused or sunken below the surface of the coin and the coin had no raised rim.
Similar to Morgan Dollars, the artistic design was initially condemned by many leading numismatics of the time but current day numismatic collectors now view the coin as a beautiful piece of artistic design and is a highly desired piece in many collections today. Unfortunately, the initial negative view created little desire for collectors to save coins for their collections so few high end examples exist today.
Design
Unlike Gaudens Indian Head Eagle, the obverse design is a bust image of a true representation of a Native American Indian wearing a traditional war bonnet.ᅠᅠOn the outer periphery is the word モLIBERTYヤ and 13 stars that represented the original 13 states or colonies of the union. Just below the bust design are the designer's モB.L.P.ヤ.
The reverse design is based on Gaudens $10 Eagle reverse and features a standing eagle on a perch of bundled arrows and an olive branch. To the right of the Eagles head are the words モE PLURIBUS UNUMヤ and next to the eagles breast is the motto モIN GOD WE TRUSTヤ. ᅠᅠOn the outer periphery are the words モUNITED STATES OF AMERICAヤ and denomination モFIVE DOLLARSヤ. ᅠᅠᅠAᅠmint mark forᅠSan Francisco (S) or Denver (D) are located to the right of the arrows. Coins minted at the Philadelphia mint carried no mint marks.
Specifications:
DESIGNER: Bela Lyon Pratt
FACE VALUE: $5.00
MINTED: 1908-1929
PRECIOUS METAL CONTENT: .24187 oz. Pure Gold
DIAMETER: 21.6mm

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