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  1. $10 Indian Head Gold Eagle - Extremely Fine - Reverse

    Indian Head Gold Eagle (XF) 1907-1932

    $865.92

    Last Design of the $10 Gold Eagle Coin | XF or Better Condition | Dates Chosen at Random from Our Inventory: 1907-1932 Buy Now
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    Indian Head Gold Eagle (AU) 1907-1932

    $887.46

    Famous $10 Gold Eagle Coin | AU or Better Condition | Dates Chosen at Random from Our Inventory: 1907-1932 Buy Now

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The Gold Eagle was a United States circulation gold coin and was, initially, one of the base units of American coinage, set by the Coinage Act of 1792. Production began at the United States Mint in 1795 and continued, with a few gaps, until 1933, when the end of the gold standard prohibited private ownership of gold in the United States. With a face value of $10, the Gold Eagle had significant purchasing power throughout its lifetime. The diameter of the Gold Eagle remained steady at 27 mm, but the gold content changed on occasion. Early versions were 22 karat gold (an alloy known as Crown Gold.) Under United States law, the alloy used for the production of Gold Eagles could only be comprised of silver or copper, along with gold. In 1834, because US gold coins were being exported and melted, the gold fineness was changed to .8992. This continued for a few years until 1837, when the gold content of the Eagle (and other gold denominations) was changed to 90% pure gold.

The new standards set in 1837 gave the Gold Eagle a content of .48375 troy ounces of gold. This remained unchanged until the end of gold coinage in 1933. Three designs were used on the $10 Gold Eagle throughout its lifetime. The first design, called the Turban Head, was struck between 1795 and 1804, the Liberty Head (or Coronet) design was struck between 1838 and 1907, and the final design, the Indian Head Gold Eagle, was struck from 1907 until 1933. The $10 Gold Eagle is a former circulation coin of the United States, and is not to be confused with the bullion American Gold Eagle, an investment-grade gold bullion coin produced from 1986. 

Buy $10 Turban Head Gold Eagles

The earliest version of the $10 Gold Eagle has become known as the Turban Head Gold Eagle, and was minted from 1795 to 1804. There are two sub-types to the design, concerning the size of the eagle depicted on the reverse. The 1795-1797 versions depict a smaller eagle than the remainder of the series. Both versions are rare, and collectors often are unable to buy Turban Head $10 Gold Eagles due to their scarcity, especially in higher grades.

Buy $10 Liberty Head Gold Eagles

Thankfully, collectors are able to buy $10 Liberty Head Gold Eagles much more easily, as they were produced between 1838 and 1907, a long production run for any circulation coin. Also called the Coronet type, $10 Liberty Gold Eagles struck before 1866 had no motto in the field, while the remainder of the series has the motto. Though it is easy to find and buy Liberty Head Gold Eagles in various grades, they do not command the popularity of the final design, the Indian Head Gold Eagle.

Buy $10 Indian Head Gold Eagles

The final design of the $10 Gold Eagle, the Indian Head design was produced from 1907 until the end of US gold coinage in 1933. Inspired in part by President Theodore Roosevelt's insistence on finding new, artistic designs to decorate United States gold coins, the $10 Indian Head Gold Eagle was designed by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who gained more fame for his design of the beautiful St. Gaudens $20 Gold Double Eagle.

Early versions of the Indian Head Gold Eagle had too high of relief, making striking the coins difficult for the US Mint. A flatter version was eventually chosen. The coin was produced in relatively large numbers until 1916, and thereafter only sporadically until President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the United States Mint to cease production of gold coins in 1933. It is often hard to buy $10 Indian Head Gold Eagles in later dates, especially the extremely rare 1933 $10 Gold Eagle. There was, at the time, a certain amount of controversy surrounding the early Indian Head Gold Eagles. Then-President Roosevelt felt the motto "In God We Trust" was sacrilege to place on a piece of money. After confirming with government lawyers that the motto's use was not mandatory, early versions of the $10 Indian Head Eagle had it omitted. When noticed by the public, however, popular outrage forced Congress to pass a law insisting on the use of the motto for US Gold Double Eagles and Gold Eagles.

Buying $10 Gold Eagles Today - Surviving Examples

After 1933, it became unlawful for US citizens to privately own gold. Citizens were forced to redeem gold coins, gold certificates, and other gold bullion to the US Treasury, receiving paper currency in return. The US Treasury melted down millions of US gold coins in the 1930's. Most of the surviving Gold Eagles today came from Europe, repatriated once restrictions on private gold ownership finally ceased. The scarcity of certain $10 Gold Eagles depends more on the numbers that circulated in Europe and less on their mintages. For example, the 1920-S issue is extremely rare, despite its mintage of 126,500 units. Their rarity stems from the fact that, due to the depressed European economy after World War One, few 1920 Gold Eagles were exported and most were melted down by the US Treasury in the 1930's. Fortunately, the number of surviving pieces is not small, making it relatively easy to find and buy $10 Gold Eagles online.