America’s gold coins from the late 19th and early 20th century are a treasure that have largely been lost to the world today. Starting in 1933, the US government mandated the collection and melting of all circulation gold currency to bolster federal reserves in the midst of the Great Depression. As a result, stunning coins such as the Incuse Indian Gold Coins became rare collector’s items. Today, those images are still available though on 1 oz Copper Incuse Indian Rounds.
- Consists of one AVDP ounce of .999 fine copper.
- Individual rounds ship in plastic flips, multiples of 10 – 20 ship in tubes, and multiples of 500 ship in boxes.
- Features the iconic Incuse Indian design created by the United States Mint.
- Graced the Indian Head Gold Coins from 1908 to 1929.
The Incuse Indian gold coins from the United States Mint actually consisted of two separate coins values. A $2.50 US gold coin was struck by the US Mint between 1908 and 1915, and again from 1925 to 1929. Separately, the $5 US gold coin with the Incuse Indian design was minted from 1908 to 1916, and again for one year in 1929.
These coins were referred to as the Incuse Indian because of the nature of the coin’s design. Each one marked the first time the US Mint had featured a sunken design field pressed into the surface of one of its products, rather than a raised striking of the design.
On the obverse face of these copper rounds is the left-profile portrait of a Native American chief. His profile is surrounded by engravings that include “Liberty” and 13 stars, representing the original American colonies. On the original coins, the year of issue was featured below, but these copper rounds feature the final year of production only, “1929.”
The reverse features the stoic image of a bald eagle standing atop his arrows, with an olive branch surrounding them. The phrases “E Pluribus Unum” and “In God We Trust” feature on the copper rounds, but the words “United States of America” from the coin are not included, and the face value along the bottom is replaced by the phrase “1 oz .999 Fine Copper.”
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