Design of the American 5 dollars - Half Eagle
The American Half Eagle has no less than 6 different designs, the 'Turban Head' (1795-1807), the 'Draped Bust' (1807 - 1812), the 'Capped Head' (1813 - 1834), the 'Classic Head' (1834 - 1838), the 'Liberty Head' (1839 - 1907) and the 'Indian Head' (1908 - 1916, 1929), which, in return, also come in different versions.
Since the first 4 versions of the Half Eagle coins are minted in smaller quantities, they are more likely to circulate in collectors markets. However, the 'Liberty' & 'Indian Head' were produced longer and in larger numbers, which makes that they are mainly traded as investment coins. Thats why, we are only discussing the design of the 'Liberty' & 'Indian Head' below'.
Liberty Head | 1839 - 1907
On the obverse you can see the portrait of a woman in Greco-Roman style, looking to the left. On her head she wears a crown with ‘Liberty’. Surrounding the portrait are 13 stars, representing the original provinces of America (New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia). At the bottom of the coin you will find the year of issue.
On the back you can see the heraldic eagle with shield, which symbolizes the nation. In his left claw he holds three arrows, in his right an olive branch. Around the coin you will see ‘United States of America’ and at the bottom the face value of the coin ‘ten d.’. From 1866 the slogan ‘In God we trust’ was added on the other side of the coins; it was placed in a ribbon above the eagle.
Indian Head | 1908 - 1916 & 1929
On the obverse you can see the image of an Indian based on the design of Bela Lyon Pratt. Around the portrait are 13 stars, with the word 'Liberty' at the top. The 13 stars represent the original provinces of America (New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia). At the bottom of the coin you will find the year of issue. The designers initials can be found between the year of issue and the Indian's neck.
On the reverse you will see an eagle on a branch designed by Saint-Gaudens for the $10 coins. He holds an olive branch in his claws. Next to the eagle you will find on the left the former slogan of the United States ‘E Pluribus Unum’ (‘One from many'). To the right of the eagle is the slogan 'In God we trust'. President Theodore Roosevelt had expressly asked Saint-Gaudens not to include this well-known slogan in the new design. He thought that it was an insult to religion, knowing that the coins would circulate equally within the criminal environments. From 1908, however, the slogan was placed on the $10 coins after all, giving the $5 coins automatically the same design. At the top of the coin is ‘United States of America’. At the bottom you will find the face value of the coin ‘five dollars’.
The design of the $5 Indian Head coins deviates (along with that of the $2,5 coin) from the normal designs for the dollars coins, since the portraits and inscriptions are minted in the coins, giving you a downward - rather than the usually upward - relief.
Buying a gold 5 American dollars - Half Eagle
The 5 American dollars - Half Eagle and other gold coins are perfectly suitable as a purchase of physical gold. Gold coins are not taxed because they are considered monetary gold. And while all the gold coins offered by Argentor have been tested for authenticity, they are not delivered with a certificate of authenticity. That, unlike gold bars.
Selling a gold 5 American dollars - Half Eagle
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