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Half Eagles – Capped Draped Bust Half Eagles, 1807-1812

Half Eagles – Capped Draped Bust Half Eagles, 1807-1812

Description: The Capped Bust, Heraldic Eagle type of 1795-1807 was replaced in 1807 due to the addition of John Reich as Assistant Engraver at the Mint. His new design was significantly different than the old Robert Scot coinage with a large... read more »

 

Half Eagles – Capped Head Half Eagle, 1813-1834

Half Eagles – Capped Head Half Eagle, 1813-1834

Description: The half eagle was the only U.S. gold coin produced in 1813. Quarter eagles were last made in 1808, not to be minted again until 1821, and eagles had not been struck since 1804, with no further production until 1838. Gold dollars... read more »

 

Half Eagles – Classic Head Half Eagle, 1834-1838

Half Eagles – Classic Head Half Eagle, 1834-1838

Description: The Classic Head half eagle, along with its Classic Head quarter eagle sibling, were produced in response to a problem that reached a serious and unsustainable level in the early 1830s: circulating gold coins didn’t actually... read more »

 

Half Eagles – Liberty Head Half Eagle, No Motto, 1839-1866

Half Eagles – Liberty Head Half Eagle, No Motto, 1839-1866

Description: In the late 1830s Mint Director Robert M. Patterson had Engraver Christian Gobrecht modify William Kneass’ classic Liberty portrait on the half eagle. The same image was used on the eagle in 1838, and a year later, on the... read more »

 

Half Eagles – Liberty Head Half Eagle, With Motto, 1866-1908

Half Eagles – Liberty Head Half Eagle, With Motto, 1866-1908

Description: First minted in 1839, the Liberty Head half eagle, sometimes called the Coronet Head because of the coronet worn by Liberty, is considered a continuation of the influence of Neoclassicism style first seen on the half eagle in 1834.... read more »

 

Half Eagles – Indian Head Half Eagle 1908-1929

Half Eagles – Indian Head Half Eagle 1908-1929

Description: The early part of the 20th century was a time of great creativity in the design of U.S. coinage. August Saint-Gaudens’ double eagle was introduced in 1907, along with his Indian Head eagle. Victor D. Brenner’s Lincoln... read more »

 

Eagles- Capped Bust Eagle, Small Eagle, 1795-1797

Eagles- Capped Bust Eagle, Small Eagle, 1795-1797

Description: The ten-dollar gold piece was the highest denomination coin authorized by the Mint Act of 1792, one of three gold coins approved by Congress in that document. America’s new coinage system was based on the decimal system, a... read more »

 

Eagles – Capped Bust Eagle, Heraldic Eagle, 1797-1804

Eagles – Capped Bust Eagle, Heraldic Eagle, 1797-1804

Description: The highest denomination coin authorized by the Mint Act of 1792 was the ten-dollar gold piece, one of three gold coins approved by Congress for the young nation. A ten dollar denomination fit with the decimal system promoted both... read more »

 

Eagles – Liberty Head No Motto Eagle, 1838-1866

Eagles – Liberty Head No Motto Eagle, 1838-1866

Description: Gold eagle production was halted in 1804 by President Thomas Jefferson because the fixed 15 to 1 silver to gold ratio in the U.S. made it profitable to send the coins to Europe for bullion value; which meant few gold coins circulated... read more »

 

Eagles – Liberty Head Eagle with Motto, 1866-1907

Eagles – Liberty Head Eagle with Motto, 1866-1907

Description: The gold eagle was the largest denomination coin authorized by the Mint Act of 1792, but an unfavorable silver to gold ratio meant that gold coins were worth more silver in Europe than in the U.S.; thus to Europe many gold eagles... read more »

 

Eagles – 1907 Indian Head Eagle – No Motto w/Periods

Eagles – 1907 Indian Head Eagle – No Motto w/Periods

Description: Stylized Indian Head facing left, female portrait wearing a feathered headdress (worn by male Native Americans of the plains when worn at all), stars around the border, date below. On the reverse the standing eagle is accompanied... read more »

 

Eagles – Indian Head Eagle, No Motto, 1907-1908

Eagles – Indian Head Eagle, No Motto, 1907-1908

Description: In 1907 a collaboration between the dynamic president Theodore Roosevelt and renown American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens resulted in the replacement of the previous Liberty Head design on the ten dollar gold coin. The new design... read more »

 

Eagles – Indian Head Eagle, With Motto, 1908-1933

Eagles – Indian Head Eagle, With Motto, 1908-1933

Description: In 1907 a collaboration between the dynamic president Theodore Roosevelt and renown American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens resulted in new designs for both the twenty dollar gold coin and the ten dollar gold coin. The new design... read more »

 

Double Eagles – Liberty Head Double Eagle, Without Motto, 1849-1866

Double Eagles – Liberty Head Double Eagle, Without Motto, 1849-1866

Description: By 1840 the Bechtler family of North Carolina had at their private mint produced more than $2.2 million in gold coins, about half of which were dollars. This success put continued pressure on the U.S. government to produce gold... read more »

 

Double Eagles – Liberty Head Double Eagle, With Motto, 1866-1876

Double Eagles – Liberty Head Double Eagle, With Motto, 1866-1876

Description: When the double eagle was proposed one of the arguments in support of the new coin was that a depositor with a large amount of bullion would find the $20 coin a more convenient product than smaller denomination coins. One of the... read more »

 
 
 
 
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