Indian Head $2.50 Gold Coin​

President Theodore Roosevelt, in 1904, selected Sculptor, Bela Lyon Pratt, to design the $2.50 and $5 Indian Head Gold Coins. There were previous designs, but Pratt was a young contemporary artist at the time and capable of incorporating some of the new requirements for the coin. The $2.50 Indian Coin is one of the shortest-lived series and a valuable investment.

Indian Head $2.50 Gold Coin Design – The front side of the coin features a Native American adorning a full headdress. Inscribed is the word “LIBERTY” across the top of the coin, and a border of 13 stars encircles the figure. The issue date is shown at the bottom of the coin. The reverse side of the coin features the signature bald eagle perched over an olive branch. The words “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” encircle the top half of the coin. Both “IN GOD WE TRUST” and the denomination appear on the reverse.

Indian Head $2.50 Gold Coin Minting – The $2.50 and $5 Indian Head Gold Coins are unique from other US coins because they were the first (and only) US gold coins to use an impression technique called “incuse” versus the standard relief in which the coin’s surface is raised. This technique gave the lettering dimension on a relatively flat plane. The technique, once released, was controversial since the public felt the design would lend itself to a breeding ground for disease.

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Size2.50 Indian
Weight4.18 g
Metal Content0.1209 oz.