Indian Head Gold $10 Eagle Coin

The Indian Head Gold $10 Eagle Coin was birthed out of a collaboration between a well-known sculptor and President Roosevelt. The coin, which depicted Lady Liberty wearing a feathered war bonnet, was based on a figure of Nike or Victory. It has become a definite favorite among coin collectors for its exquisite design.

DESIGN

Front / Obverse

The front side of the Indian Head Gold Eagle coin has a left-facing profile of Lady Liberty wearing a Native American headdress. Thirteen stars line the top perimeter of the coin.
Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Rear / Reverse

The back side of the Indian Head Gold Eagle coin features a left-facing eagle standing on a quiver of arrows that are surrounded by an olive branch. The top perimeter of coin reads “United States of America”, with “E. Pluribus Unum” behind eagle and “In God We Trust” in front. Below the eagle reads “Ten Dollars”.
Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens

 

HISTORY

American sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens was commissioned by President Roosevelt to design the $10 gold coin. The two worked together on the direction of the design. Roosevelt initially removed the motto “In God We Trust” from the coins because he believed it was blasphemous. The American public, on the other hand, was offended by the change and Congress moved to have the motto reinstated.

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