$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.

Coin Features:

  • 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

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