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Indian Head Half Eagles

August 5th, 2009

The Indian Head Half Eagle represents the unique redesign of the $5 gold coin. Instead of striking the coins to have raised design elements and inscriptions, these coins were struck with an incuse design, which is impressed below the surface of the planchet. Although this was unpopular with some at the time, it makes the series uniquely popular with modern collectors. The composition of the coins was the standard 90% gold used at the time with the diamter and weight specifications used for the design that preceded it. The Indian Half Eagle series was struck continuously from 1908 to 1916, but then not produced again until the final year in 1929. Coins were produced at four different mints, although there is not a single year when all four mints produced the denomination.

Indian Head Half Eagle Coin Specifications

Dates: 1908 – 1929
Mints: Philadelphia
New Orleans
San Francisco
Composition: 90% gold
10% copper
Weight: 8.36 grams
0.27 ounces
Diameter: 21.54 mm
0.85 inches
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