Why add this 2023 $10 Barbados 1/2 g Gold 115th Anniversary of the Indian Head Proof to your collection?
Bela Lyon Pratt’s Indian Head coinage made history in 1908 when it debuted with the first incuse designs on American circulated coinage. The coins were controversial at the time, as many considered it problematic that dust would get into the crevices in the coin. Although the designs presented challenges at the time, the coins that bore them continue to be the subject of fascination and intrigue among collectors more than a century after they were first issued. Now, you have the chance to celebrate that legacy along with this 115th Anniversary of the Indian Head Gold Proof.
- This piece is $10 legal tender in Barbados.
- This coin has a mirrored-proof finish.
- The coin was struck from half a gram of .9999 fine gold.
- This proof is a product of the MDM Mint in Germany.
- This piece was issued to mark the 115th anniversary of Bela Lyon Pratt’s Indian Head coinage.
Striking Indian Head Design
Obverse: The Barbados coat of arms, in which a dolphinfish and a pelican support a shield, serves as the obverse design. The issuing country’s name, “BARBADOS,” is included above. At the bottom is an inscription of the coin’s face value, “10 DOLLARS,” which is flanked by its weight, “0.5 G,” and purity, “AU 999.9.”
Reverse: The reverse design pays homage to the Indian Head designs of Bela Lyon Pratt. A Native American man faces right, wearing a large feathered headdress. A star with the inscription “115TH ANNIVERSARY” is set on the right. Along the rim is the inscription “INDIAN HEAD.” The date, “2023” also appears on this face of the coin.