One of the most recognizable coin designs in modern history is without a doubt that which is found on the $5 Indian Gold Half Eagle. The Indian Head Gold Eagle coin is a perfect representation of all things American and, as such, is sought after by collectors both in the United States and from around the world. The detail and care that the US Mint put into these coins is just as evident now as it was more than 100 years ago when these coins were first minted.
The design of the Indian Head coin may not be as well-known as Saint-Gaudens’ Double Eagle, but it is just as intricate. Designed by Saint Gaudens pupil Bela Lyon Pratt, these coins weigh just about one quarter ounce and are composed of 90% pure gold, meaning there is about .2419 troy ounces of gold in each and every coin. The coin’s obverse plays host to the image of a Native American chief in full décor. Comprising the outside of the obverse side are 13 stars as well as inscriptions marking the year in which the coin was minted as well as the word “Liberty.” The coin’s reverse depicts an American Eagle perched on a fasces, or bundle of sticks bound together. The eagle is also atop an olive branch. Inscriptions on the coin’s reverse include “United States of America”, “In God We Trust”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and the $5 face value.