It also has great artistic value as the features of the design are so beautiful with high relief. A design by a sculptor from Boston, Bela Lyon Pratt, this coin was minted from 1908-1929. Eligible for Precious Metal IRA. 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 image. 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 2 1/2 Dollars. Designed by Bela Lyon Pratt. Minted from 1908-1929, dates and mint mark will be chosen randomly based on availability. Mint issue from the following mints: Philadelphia or Denver.
Individual coins will come in protective plastic flips. Multiples of 50 will come in plastic tubes. Design of American coins had not changed much for the past 60 years in the 19th century. When President Theodore Roosevelt came to power, he wanted to bring some new changes to the American coins whose designs he felt were hideous.
Hence he commissioned one of his friends and a talented and famous sculptor of the time Augustus Saint-Gaudens to create modernized designs with high artistic value for the coins of four different denominations; the Double Eagle, Eagle, Half Eagle, and Quarter Eagle. Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Double Eagle and Eagle became an instant hit with all. The beauty of these coins is famed even today.
As destiny would have it, Gaudens died of cancer in August 1907 before he could start working on the Half Eagle and Quarter Eagle denominations. Another friend of President Theodore Roosevelt, Dr.
William Sturgis Bigelow, a physician from Boston at the same time had been working with a sculptor from Boston, Bela Lyon Pratt on developing a new design for coins which would make the coins stack easily, give the coin design a high relief, and also protect the design from any wear and tear. It would be an incused or a sunken relief of the coin designs instead of the regularly raised reliefs. Hence the surface would still be flat while the high relief design will be depressed inside the coin. When he wrote about this new concept to President Theodore Roosevelt, the president who was always open to new ideas welcomed this idea as he felt it would be a lovely change compared to the regular coins.
Pratt started to work on a model to show it to the president. He took the obverse side of Saint-Gaudens Gold Eagle Liberty Indian Head design as the basis where the Lady Liberty is wearing a headdress. But instead of putting a female face in the design, Pratt used the face of an unknown male Native American that he obtained from his photo collection into the design. Thus the obverse features a leftward facing portrait of a 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 image. The reverse features a majestic bald eagle perched on a bunch of arrows and holding an olive branch in its talon depicting preparedness and love for peace. Pratt could also add all the inscriptions on the reverse which are "United States of America", "E Pluribus Unum", "In God We Trust" and the denomination 2 1/2 Dollars. The president liked Pratt's work and approved the coins to be minted. The production began in 1908 and when the coins were released it was difficult for the people to accept a new and novel design.
They found fault in it. They felt it could not stack well, some felt it was ugly. A numismatist from Philadelphia, Samuel Chapman also wrote a letter to the president stating that the coin was not good looking and that its sunken relief could accumulate dirt and give rise to germs which could cause health issues among people. However, the President was not shaken by any complaints and the coin was minted from 1908 to 1915 and then it was stopped for a decade.Again it was minted from 1925 and then it was stopped forever in 1929. This is one of short-running series of coins and it is very easy to complete its collection as it has only 15 different dates and mint combination; 12 issues from Philadelphia Mint and 3 from Denver Mint. Is pleased to offer you Gold Eagle Indian Head coins at one of the most competitive prices in the industry. By purchasing from Bullion Exchanges, you are agreeing to all of our Terms and Policies.
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