Augustus Saint-Gaudens, considered by many the greatest of modern sculptors, was the first person outside the Mint to have his work appear on U.S. Mint coins. In 1907 he was asked by President Theodore Roosevelt to redesign America's coins. It was at Roosevelt's suggestion that Saint-Gaudens used an Indian Head for the head of Liberty on the $10.00 Gold Piece. On the reverse, he featured a standing eagle which clearly shows the majesty of the national bird.
Around the edge are 46 raised stars (48 beginning in 1912) signifying the states of the Union. Collectors treasure this coin for its artistic as well as precious metal value. The first Eagles struck of this beautiful design did not include the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Roosevelt personally objected to the use of the Deity's name on coins. It took an act of
Congress to restore the motion 1908. The $10.00 Gold Piece, known as the Eagle, was the highest denomination coin originally authorized by the United States. The Saint-Gaudens Indian Head was produced in Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco from 1907 until 1933 when gold coinage stopped and the Treasury requested citizens to return all gold coins for melting.
Metal: Brass 24k gold
Dimensions: 6 1/2" L x 9 1/2" W x 1/8" H
Denomination: $10.00 Gold Piece,
Material: Gold, Cardboard coin holder
Year of Issue: 1907-1933