$10 Indian Head

The $10 Indian Head's obverse (front) features the head of Liberty, donning an Indian war bonnet that reads 'LIBERTY'. Thirteen stars representing the nation's 13 original colonies arc above Liberty's head. The date appears at the bottom of the coin.

The reverse (back) depicts a proud Bald Eagle puffing its chest as it stands among olive branches. The Latin phrase 'E PLURIBUS UNUM' lies to the viewer's right of the eagle. The words 'UNITED STATES OF AMERICA' and the denomination ('TEN DOLLARS') appear at the top and bottom of the coin, respectively. The motto 'IN GOD WE TRUST' was added to the coin in the middle of 1908 by order of Congress.

Perhaps the most fascinating feature of this striking gold coin is that the edge of the coin features raised stars signifying the states of the Union, rather than a lettered or reeded edge. Coins struck from 1907 to 1911 feature 46 stars. Two more stars were added the following year to commemorate the addition of New Mexico and Arizona to the Union.