The Indian Head gold pieces or Pratt-Bigelow gold coins were two separate coin series, identical in design, struck by the United States Mint: a two-and-a-half-dollar piece, or quarter eagle, and a five-dollar coin, or half eagle. The quarter eagle was struck from 1908 to 1915 and from 1925–1929 …
The Indian Head eagle, designed by Saint-Gaudens, was the basis for the designs for the smaller gold pieces.
Examples of the Indian Head gold pieces grouped with modern coins for size comparison purposes
Saint-Gaudens' double eagle design, which the Mint hoped to modify for the smaller gold coins
Mint Director Frank A. Leach thought well of the new coins despite the controversy.