The lesser-known of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens' two U.S. coin designs is the $10 Indian Head Gold Eagle. It combines the artistic talents of the master sculptor with interesting (if controversial) imagery and symbolism. You can add a beautiful Mint State example of this classic pre-1933 gold coin to your collection from Gainesville Coins with the $10 Indian Gold NGC/PCGS MS61 - Random Date! One of the two major third-party grading services, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) or Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), has certified this coin as MS61. Struck from .900 fine gold, each of these coins contains a total of 0.48375 troy ounce of pure gold. They were designated with a legal tender face value of 10 Dollars. The coin you receive will be a random date between 1907-1932.
The obverse shows Lady Liberty facing right and wearing the feathered warbonnet typically worn by American Indians. Miss Liberty's lips are parted in a war cry and the word "LIBERTY" is inscribed across the headband of the headdress. Thirteen stars curl along the top rim. The edge is decorated with the number of stars matching how many states were in the U.S. at the time the coin was minted.
The reverse design, also created by Saint-Gaudens, shows a bald eagle facing left and proudly standing upon a bundle of arrows that are intertwined with an olive branch. The mottoes "IN GOD WE TRUST" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM" are placed to the left and right of the eagle, respectively. The top rim bears the inscription "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" for the issuing country. "TEN DOLLARS" is found at the bottom rim indicating the denomination.
The fact that Saint-Gaudens chose to depict Lady Liberty with the Indian headdress stirred quite a bit of controversy: partly because of the cultural appropriation at play, and partly because no woman, Indian or otherwise, ever wore the ceremonial warbonnet. At any rate, President Theodore Roosevelt found the imagery inspiring and "uniquely American." Beyond this backstory, these coins are widely collected because so many were melted following the government confiscation of gold coins in 1933. Make this Random Date $10 Indian Gold Eagle NGC/PCGS MS61 part of your coin collection today!
|Actual Metal Weight:||0.4838 ozt|
|Face Value:||10 Dollars|
|Mint:||United States Mint|
|Obverse Designer:||Augustus Saint-Gaudens|
|Reverse Designer:||Augustus Saint-Gaudens|
|Grade:||MS61 by NGC/PCGS|