10 Dollars, United States, 1907

10 Dollars, United States, 1907

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One (1) 10 dollar coin
United States, 1907
Obverse Image: Left-facing Liberty wearing a feather headdress, 13 stars along top edge of coin.
Obverse Text: LIBERTY / 1907
Reverse Image: Eagle with wings folded standing on top of a bundle of arrows and branch.
Reverse Text: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / E PLURIBUS UNUM / TEN DOLLARS
Description
Augustus Saint-Gaudens's eagle never enjoyed the same acclaim as his double eagle, perhaps because much of the design was recycled. Near death at the time he was designing this coin, Saint-Gaudens reached back to his own familiar portfolio of work to produce the obverse profile and the reverse eagle. Years earlier, when working on the Sherman Victory monument in Central Park, New York City, he had created a model that had gone unused. Reused for this coin, Liberty's portrait was modified to include a feather headdress instead of the original olive branch. On the reverse of the coin, the eagle strongly resembles the bird Saint-Gaudens had designed for the Presidential inaugural medal for Theodore Roosevelt back in 1905. Even so, the new coin represented a major artistic advance. Nearly 250,000 were struck for circulation in the first year of production, 1907.
While it is commonly called an “Indian Head” eagle, the portrait on this coin is the goddess Liberty, wearing a plains-style feathered warbonnet. Designer Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ originally intended the goddess to wear a victory wreath, but President Theodore Roosevelt considered the warbonnet to be more American, and Saint-Gaudens acquiesced.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Coin
Date made
1907
mint
United States Mint
designer
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus
place made
United States
place of issue
United States
Physical Description
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements
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ID Number
NU.255927.1428
accession number
255927
catalog number
NU85753.01
Credit Line
Hauck, F A
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