The $5 Indian Half Eagle displays a Native American chief wearing an ornate feather headdress. Surrounding this portrait are thirteen stars (intended to represent the original 13 colonies), along with the coin’s date and the word “LIBERTY.” Exactly like the reverse, the coin’s obverse is engraved in an incuse format. This means that the design details are recessed or sunken in an intaglio style.
The reverse’s focal point features an eagle sitting on a bundle of arrows with an olive branch in its talons. The country of origin, the legend “IN GOD WE TRUST,” the coin’s denomination of $5 US dollars, and the national motto “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are placed around the bird. Just like the obverse, the reverse features incused design elements.
Owing to its beautiful design and unique format, the $5 Indian is one of America’s most iconic and popular coins. Along with the $2.50 Indian Quarter Eagle, which shares a similar motif, it is one of two incuse coins in the history of the U.S. Mint. It was designed by Bela Lyon Pratt, a protege of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who admired the famous sculptor’s creativity. Much like the $10 Indian and $20 “Saint,” Pratt aimed to make the $5 Indian a truly unusual coin unlike any other in American history.
The coin’s highly unusual design was controversial at first, as some believe that dirt and grime could become lodged inside the coin’s recesses. Merchants also complained that the coin was difficult to count, sort, and stack. Nonetheless, the general public admired the coin’s appearance. It has become a wildly popular collectible and one of the most in-demand vintage U.S. gold coins.
These $5 Indian Half Eagles are in Almost Uncirculated condition, which means that they display only the slightest signs of use or wear. Also known as “AU,” this grade is perfect for those who want to own a coin that appears Uncirculated without the higher price tag. Many of the coins being offered today are “near miss” specimens that are extremely close to being Mint State.
The coins in this category will have a random year of issue depending on our current inventory.
Depending on the quantity ordered, your coins may be shipped in vinyl flips or plastic tubes.
Reserve your $5 Indian by placing your order online or calling a Provident representative at 800-313-3315.
When the subtotal of your purchase, including applicable discounts, is $199 or more, you receive free shipping for your entire order. In order to receive free shipping on purchases of $199 or more, you must live within the 50 US states. For orders less than $199, a $7.99 shipping fee applies. All products are discreetly packaged and shipped with full insurance included.
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For those orders of $999.99 or less, there is no need to sign for your package. However, you may select the option to require a signature at delivery if you want. This can be chosen and paid for at checkout. All orders of $1000 or more require a signature to complete delivery.
Provident is only able to ship to addresses in any of the 50 US states. This includes P.O. boxes and APO addresses.
Alan on 4/11/2016
" I was very happy with the coin received! "
Andre on 12/25/2013
" Nice coin for the money BUT nasty edge nick"
William on 4/26/2013
" After having to return a similar coin to another very well known dealer because their AU was more like EF (with black spots), and it taking weeks to get the exchange, it still was of lesser quality of this coin from Provident. I was extremely satisfied with the care and quality Provident took with my order."
Todd on 2/13/2013
" I've bought a few $5 Indian Head coins from others online Provident was by far the best condition $5 coin I received."
|Metal Content||.2418 Troy Ounce|
|Designer (Obverse)||BelaLyon Pratt|
|Designer (Reverse)||BelaLyon Pratt|
|Product Series||Indian Gold Half Eagle|
|Certificate of Authenticity||No|
|Capsule Size||21.6 mm|
|Shipping||Orders over $199 Ship Free|