In 1905 at the request of Teddy Roosevelt, master sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens was asked to create an entirely new look for U.S. gold coins. Specifically, the President asked for coins to be created in the ancient Greek tradition with fresh, new designs.
Miss Liberty Adorned in an Indian War Bonnet
The great sculptor mixed two traditions for the $10 gold coins by using the "Miss Liberty" profile adding a feathered Indian headdress. The unusual edge of the coin was decorated with 46 raised stars to represent the 46 states. Two more stars were added to the coins after 1912 when, Arizona and New Mexico were added to the Union.
The reverse of the new $10 Indian gold coins showed a proud eagle perched on a bundle of arrows. The magnificent result was what many consider to be one of the nation's finest works of art in gold.
Low Mintages Add to Rarity and Desirability
Collectors love $10 Indians because mintages were extremely limited. The total number of Indian coins every minted was far less than a single year's mintage of Morgan Silver Dollars. Indians were only stuck intermittently from 1907 till 1933 when U.S. gold coins were recalled to the Treasury and millions of gold coins were melted down and destroyed forever.
We highly recommend Indian Head gold coins and know you'll enjoy owning these fascinating pieces of American history. You are welcome to call our rare coin Specialists for availability and pricing.
Because of their unique design and unusual history, $10 Indian Head gold coins are highly prized by collectors, and remain in constant demand. Today they're a genuine bargain, trading near their lowest prices in 20 years, at a small fraction of their previous highs!
Our reccomended conditions are "Mint State 63 or better", Call for a list of our current inventory.