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    Indian Head Gold Half Eagle (AU) 1908-1929


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Authorized by the Coinage Act of 1792, the Gold Half-Eagle was the first gold coin produced by the United States Mint. Production continued all the way until 1929. Though both the Gold Eagle and Gold Double Eagle were produced until 1933, when President Roosevelt ended production of US gold coinage, few of those were actually manufactured after 1929, anyway. $5 Gold Half Eagles have a reeded edge, a diameter of approximately 25 mm and weigh 8.75 grams. Gold purity varied in early versions, but eventually stabilized at 90% gold and 10% copper, the standard alloy for United States gold coins after 1839. Pure gold is too soft for circulation coins, so gold is alloyed with copper (or sometimes silver) to increase the durability of the coin enough to circulate as specie.

Buying $5 Gold Half Eagles is a dedicated hobby for many collectors, as there are so many different designs used on the Half Eagle. The Gold Half Eagle also holds an interesting distinction -- it is the only US circulation coin that was struck at eight different United States Mint branches. $5 Gold Half-Eagles are not to be confused with the American Gold Eagle, which is a modern gold bullion coin intended primarily for buyers who invest in gold bullion.

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The earliest version of the Gold Half Eagle, the Turban Head design was used from 1795 until 1807. The $5 Turban Head Gold Half Eagle has a gold fineness of .9167, with the remainder being copper and silver. This design is also called the Capped Bust design. Two versions exist -- the "small eagle" version, produced until 1795, and the "large eagle" version, produced until 1807. All versions of the Turban Head Gold Half Eagle are extremely rare.

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Only produced from 1807 through 1812, the Draped Bust $5 Gold Half Eagle was the first in the series to indicate the face value of the coin. A slightly modified version was introduced in 1813, with the Liberty Head being somewhat larger. This design was employed until 1834.

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The design of the $5 Gold Half-Eagle was changed in 1834. At the time, the value of gold in the Half Eagle was higher than its face value. To rectify the problem, the US Mint reduced the amount of gold in the Half Eagle to 8.36 grams. The gold fineness was also reduced, to .8992. The altered coin used a new design on the obverse, known as the Classic Head design. The $5 Classic Head Half Eagle continued in production only until 1839.

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It is easier to buy $5 Liberty Head Gold Half Eagles than the earlier versions, as this design was used from 1839 all the way up until 1908. In 1839, attempts were made to standardize the amount of gold used in circulation US gold coins at 90% gold and 10% copper. The Liberty Head Half Eagle was the only single US coin design produced at seven different mint branches. Interestingly, the southern branch mints at Dahlonega and Charlotte were near gold mining districts that had gold ore with a naturally high silver content. Therefore, Liberty Head Gold Half Eagles produced at these branches contain up to 5% silver in their gold alloy, despite the intention of the US Mint to only produce these coins in a alloy of 90% gold and 10% copper. Obviously, due to their extreme rarity it is often difficult to find and buy $5 Liberty Head Gold Half Eagles manufactured at these branch mints.

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In 1908, the final design of the Gold Half Eagle began production. Called the Indian Head Gold Half Eagle, the diameter and gold content remained unchanged, but the design on both the obverse and reverse were completely overhauled. Production stopped during World War One, and only continued with low mintages until the discontinuance of the Gold Half Eagle in 1929. The obverse depicts a Native American Indian in profile, along with the mint date. The reverse shows an eagle perched on a branch, along with various mottos. This design is shared with the Gold Quarter-Eagle coins of the same time period. Uniquely, these are the only two examples of American coins stamped in incuse, instead of the images rising from the surface. Incuse stamping depresses the image beneath the surface of the coin, meaning the flat surfaces are the highest points on these coins. This enduring design is still very popular, seeing use on silver rounds and copper rounds, for example.

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Because it became illegal for US citizens to own privately-held gold after 1933 (including gold certificates and gold bullion), the US Treasury confiscated and melted down vast numbers of $5 Gold Half Eagle coins. Many of the surviving examples today come from Europe, to where American gold coins were exported and later repatriated after laws forbidding private gold ownership were eased. Collectors and investors looking to buy Gold Half Eagle coins online have a wide range of dates, mint states, mint marks, and designs from which to choose.