Indian Head Half Eagle $5 Gold Coin

Half Eagles are United States gold coins that were produced for circulation from 1795-1929. They were commemorative and bulion coins since the 1980s. They are comprised almost entirely of gold and have a face value of five dollars. The coin had been redisigned several times throughout its' history in circulation as currency.

The final type was the Indian Head design. It was first produced in 1908 with the composition, weight, and diameter unchanged while the obverse and reverse were drastically changed. This coin design is unique in that the designand inscriptions are stamped in incuse, rather than being raised from the surface. This simply means that the flat surfaces are the highest points of the coin.

Diameter: 17/20” (21.6 mm)

Weight: 129 grains (8.359 grams)

Composition: 90% gold-10% copper

Designer Bela Lyon Pratt

Engraver: Charles E. Barber

Mint Marks: Philadelphia (none); Denver (D); New Orleans (O); San Francisco (S); (found left of arrows on reverse)

Obverse: Male Indian head wearing a feathered headdress, facing left. LIBERTY above head with date below. Designer’s initials BLP over date. 13 stars (6 left/7 right) around plain border. Devices are incuse (below the plane of the field).

Reverse: Eagle is perched on a group of arrows and an olive branch. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above eagle around plain border. Motto E PLURIBUS UNUM in the field to the left in 3 rows. Motto IN GOD WE TRUST in the field to the right in 4 rows. Denomination FIVE DOLLARS below eagle.

Edge: Reeded