This 1907 Indian $10 gold coin was designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of the greatest modern Sculptors in America at the time. Commissioned by President Teddy Roosevelt, this was his last work of art just before his death in 1907. The original Indian eagle design debuted without the historic motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Chief Mint Engraver, Charles Barber modified the Saint-Gaudens eagle design, and changed some of the original design aesthetics as a compromise for speed and utility. Despite Barber's quest for high-speed commercial production, the 1907 issue only had a small mintage of 239,400 pieces.This was the first Indian eagle released into general circulation, and is a very collectable first year ''No Motto'' issue. Demand never seems to wane for the inaugural issue in the Saint-Gaudens Indian Head ten dollar series. The popularity of Mint State survivors such as this for first year type purposes has great appeal in today's collectors market.
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