The $5 Indian Head is among the most unique pre-1933 U.S. gold coins. It features an incused design, with the lettering and fine detail of the Indian head sunken into the surface of the gold. The intended purpose of the incused design was to create a durable gold coin that would stand up to the wear of being in general circulation. Consequently, the $5 Indian head is among the most well-preserved gold coins of its era.
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- Minted from 1908 to 1929, each $5 Indian head contains .2419 troy ounces of .900-fine gold. The obverse features the image of an Indian in a feather head dress, while the reverse includes a standing eagle. The recessed incused design feature of the $5 Indian head make it one of the most unique gold coins ever produced by the U.S. Mint.