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  • Title: U.S. GOLD BU $10 INDIAN
  • Metal: Gold

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Although it may seem surprising to those unfamiliar with past U.S. coins, the U.S. Gold $10 Indian coin does not feature a Native American at all. Instead, it depicts Lady Liberty wearing an Indian headdress. The choice has been a controversial one, but collectors agree that the coin is one of the most beautiful coins produced by the U.S. Mint. In Brilliant Uncirculated condition, this U.S. Gold $10 Indian shows no wear.


Saint-Gaudens originally designed the Lady Liberty head on the obverse for a one-cent coin. Theodore Roosevelt admired the design as it was, but asked that Saint-Gaudens add a full Indian headdress and adapt the design to be used on a $10 gold coin. The artist added the headdress as well as a headband with the word “Liberty.” The obverse design also includes 13 stars above and the year below Lady Liberty.


The reverse design depicts a standing eagle holding arrows in its talons with an olive branch below. Above the eagle’s head are the words “United States of America,” while below is the denomination as “Ten Dollars.” Also on the obverse is the motto E Pluribus Unum. After much public protest, the coin was redesigned to include the motto “In God We Trust,” which was added to the design in 1908.

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