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Indian Head eagle

The Indian Head eagle was a ten-dollar gold piece, or eagle , struck by the United States Mint from 1907 until 1933. The obverse and the reverse , designed by the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens , were originally commissioned for use on other denominations. As sculpted by Saint-Gaudens, it was in too high relief for the Mint to strike readily, and the necessary modifications took months. The omission of the motto " In God We Trust " on the new coins caused public outrage, and prompted Congress to pass a bill mandating the motto's inclusion. Later editions of the coin included the motto.

Shown here is a coin struck in 1908, including the motto. See the version omitting the motto .

Photograph: National Numismatic Collection , National Museum of American History

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