$2.5 Gold Indian Head 1908-1929
Sculptor Bela Lyon Pratt was selected by President Theodore Roosevelt to design the $2.50 and $5 Indian Head gold coins. Although Pratt was not as renowned as his mentor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, to some it seemed logical to entrust the two gold coins to a younger, more contemporary artist. The design of the $2.50 Indian Gold Coin features a Native American, the first American Indian ever to appear on United States coinage. The chief on the Indian Head is wearing a full-feathered headdress with the word ‘Liberty’ inscribed above the headband. A border of 13 stars and the minting date encircle him. The reverse of the coin features a proud bald eagle standing among olive branches, surrounded by the words ‘UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’. The motto ‘In God We Trust” and the denomination also appear on the reverse.
- Contains .12094 oz of Gold.
- The obverse features Liberty in full headdress encircled by 13 stars with the word “Liberty” above and the date below. The reverse features a majestic bald eagle.
- Designed by Bela Lyon Pratt
- Metal Content: 0.1209 troy oz
- Purity: .900
- Thickness: 1.14 mm
- Diameter: 18 mm