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$5 Gold Half Eagle Indian Head - Polished or Cleaned (Random Year)

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$5 Gold Half Eagle Indian Head - Polished or Cleaned (Random Year)



President Theodore Roosevelt is the pioneer behind the artful revolutionary designs of the American coins. It is because of his initiative that the $5 Gold Half Eagle Indian Head, one of the most unique coins in the history of American coinage came into existence. These coins are different from the other regular coins because of its sunken or incused reliefs. The device and motto of this coin are depressed into the surface instead of being raised. This is a design by a Bostonian sculptor, Bela Lyon Pratt. The coins were minted from 1908 to 1929. Due to its age, rarity, and historical significance this is a much sought-­after coin by collectors and investors.

Coin Features:

  • Contains .2419 Troy Oz of .900 fine gold.
  • Eligible for Precious Metal IRA
  • Polished or Cleaned Condition.
  • Obverse: Displays a leftward facing portrait of realistic-­looking male Native American wearing a headdress in the center. The date, 13 stars, and the motto “LIBERTY” form a circle around this central device. Designed by Bela Lyon Pratt.
  • Reverse: Features a majestic bald eagle perched on a bunch of arrows and holding an olive branch in its talon. Inscriptions: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA", "E PLURIBUS UNUM", "IN GOD WE TRUST" and the denomination “FIVE DOLLARS.” Designed by Bela Lyon Pratt.
  • Minted from 1908-­1929, dates and mint mark will be chosen randomly based on availability.
  • U.S. Mint issue from the following mints: Philadelphia, Denver, New Orleans, San Francisco
  • Individual coins will come in protective plastic flips. Multiples of 40 will come in protective plastic tubes.
  • 100% Authentic.

Why Buy Gold Quarter Eagle Indian Head?

  • The coin is important to collectors because of its historical significance and immense artistic value. It is important to investors because of its amazing bullion value.
  • Pre-­1933 gold coins are in high demand in the Precious Metal Market.
  • One of the only two coins to have a sunken relief design.
  • The half eagle have only 24 different date and mint combinations, which makes it easier to complete a set.
  • Great price performance track records.
  • These coins are made from .900 pure gold with 10% copper alloy, hence strong and durable.
  • Helps diversify your investment portfolio.

Detailed Information:­

American coins that were minted from 1839 through 1908 had not seen much of a change for more than 60 years, which allowed President Theodore Roosevelt to bring in new and refreshing designs to the American coins without having to go through congressional authorization.

August Saint-­Gaudens’ Double Eagle and Eagle designs which were commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt had received a lot of adulation for its refreshing new designs of Lady Liberty. He lost his life to cancer before he could finish the designs for the Half Eagle and Quarter Eagle.

Dr. William Sturgis Bigelow, a friend of Theodore Roosevelt who was inspired by the sunken relief Egyptian designs at the Boston museum had been working with a famous sculptor from Boston, Bela Lyon Pratt to come up with similar sunken relief designs for American coins. The advantages of this type of design was that it helped easy stacking of the coins, gave a high relief design, and the device and legends could be well protected because of the sunken design. When he wrote about it to Roosevelt, the dynamic president was impressed and expressed his interest to go ahead with it.

Pratt used Saint-­Gaudens’ Eagle obverse design which features Lady Liberty wearing a headdress as his base for the design, but instead of featuring a female face, he used an unknown male Native American face that was available in his photo collection for the design. Thus the obverse features a realistic looking male Native American wearing a headdress in the center and the date, 13 stars, and the motto “LIBERTY” form a circle around this central device.

On the obverse, the coin features a sunken relief of majestic bald eagle perched on a bunch of arrows and holding an olive branch in its talon symbolizing preparedness and peace. Pratt could also include all the inscriptions: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA", "E PLURIBUS UNUM", "IN GOD WE TRUST" and the denomination “FIVE DOLLARS” into the reverse of the coin.

Theodore Roosevelt loved this artistic design with all the practicality and gave his approval for minting it. It was minted in 1908. Upon its release, however, the coin went through a lot of criticism by the public as they were unfamiliar with the new sunken relief concept. Many felt it would not stack easily, some felt it was hideous, a particular numismatist from Philadelphia, Samuel Chapman felt the sunken relief could harbor dirt and germs and lead to health issues. All this did not affect the president and his complete faith in the design has earned the coin a special place in the American coinage history as one of the only two coins to have a unique and innovative design form.

The Gold Eagle Indian Head coin was minted from 1908-­1916 and then after a 13 year pause, it was last minted in 1929 before it was completely stopped. This is the second shortest series of coin with only 24 pieces by mint mark and date combinations. In 1909, it was minted in four different US Mints namely Philadelphia, Denver, New Orleans, and San Francisco with their mint marks on it.

Own piece of American coinage history through these beautiful $5 Gold Half Eagle Indian Head coins. Bullion Exchanges is pleased to offer you these coins at one of most competitive prices in the industry.

Please feel free to go through our vast selection of Pre-­1933 Gold Coins and if you have any questions you may contact us at 800-­852­-6884.

Customer Reviews

thanks (Review by Darin Yoshimura)
Another speedy delivery, thanks Bullion Exchanges!
(Posted on 5/25/2018)
Great Deal/Fast Shipping (Review by Tami Carlisle )
Very prompt delivery and in excellent condition. Will be back for more.
(Posted on 5/27/2015)

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