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$5 Indian Head Gold Half Eagle Zoom

$5 Indian Head Gold Half Eagle - NGC/PCGS MS65 - Random Year

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  • The $5 Indian Head half eagle gold coin has a 21.6 mm diameter, accentuates a reeded
    edge, has a total weight of 0.24187 troy ounces (or 8.359 grams) and has a face value of $5.
  • Metal content of 90% gold and 10% copper.
  • Minted for a brief period from 1908 to 1916 and again in 1929
  • Commonly referred to as the "half eagle".
  • The obverse (front) features a Native American chief of unknown name and tribe wearing a
    full-feathered headdress surrounded by the word "Liberty". Thirteen stars encircle him with the
    date written underneath.
  • The reverse (back) displays a proud American icon, the bald eagle, standing with a cluster of
    arrows and an olive branch beneath his talons. The denomination can be seen below the
    eagle with the standard legends of American currency surrounding him.


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    Taking an interest in the design of currency during his term in office, President Roosevelt readily agreed to a new issue of the $5 gold piece. Sculptor Bela Lyon Pratt proposed a new design that would break tradition. Previously having a raised design, Pratt recommended the new gold coin be "incuse" with a design that would be recessed into the metal rather than raised and have a sunken appearance.

    The $5 Indian Head half eagle gold coins were also minted and distributed as currency before President Franklin Roosevelt required Americans to turn in their Gold coins to be melted into bars to help combat the Great Depression. The recall of Gold made these coins that were previously very common, a rare find. Combining this historical value and the rarity of the sunken-relief design, makes these coins a great way to add value and character to any coin collection.

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