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  • Title: U.S. GOLD NGC MS 65 $10 INDIAN
  • Metal: Gold

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The U.S. Gold $10 Indian Eagle’s design is not the first people associate with Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who is currently more famous as the creator of the Double Eagle design. Yet the design for the $10 Indian Head Eagle was the first example of America’s drive to produce more beautiful coins – a task this stunning coin accomplished very well. This coin, produced from 1907 to 1933, was instantly popular upon its released. After Roosevelt’s 1933 mandate for individuals to turn in all their gold coins, few of these coins survived the melting furnace. Those that remained have become a popular choice for numismatic collectors.


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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