Composition and Specifications

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The Indian Half Eagles are struck in a composition of 90% gold and 10% copper, with a weight of 8.36 grams and diameter of 21.6 mm. All coins have a reeded edge, but the rim of the coin is not raised. This caused many coins to acquire contact marks from handing, which makes locating pristine examples often a challenge.

During the course of the series, coins were produced at the Philadelphia, Denver, New Orleans, and San Francisco mint facilities. Coins struck at Philadelphia do not contain a mint mark. Coins struck at the remaining facilities have the mint mark positioned on the reverse of the coin to the left of the arrows. Notably, the mint mark appears raised while the remaining design elements and inscriptions are incuse.


Dates: 1908-1916. 1929
Mint Mark: none (Philadelphia), D (Denver), O (New Orleans), S (San Francisco)
Composition: 90% gold, 10% copper
Weight: 8.36 grams
Diameter: 21.6 mm
Edge: Reeded
Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt