5 Dollars from Philadelphia Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt (American, 1867–1917, Art School Certificate of Completion, 1888, B.F.A. 1899)
Engraver: Charles E. Barber (American, born England, 1840–1917)
Mint: Philadelphia (Pennsylvania)



Bela Lyon Pratt’s design for the half-eagle ($5 gold piece) was also used for the quarter-eagle ($2.50), and it represents his response to President Roosevelt’s call for a radical redesign of American coinage. (The larger denominations, predictably, were given to Augustus Saint-Gaudens.) Pratt’s design immediately proved controversial: its incuse surface, for example, was said to harbor germs. Still, the design was maintained until the end of American gold coinage in 1932.




8.34 g, 6:00, 21.5 mm

Credit Line

Transfer from the Yale University Library, Numismatic Collection, 2001, Gift of Millicent Todd Bingham

Accession Number



20th century


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Obverse Description

Obverse Description: LIBERTY (incuse) at 11:30-12:30, six stars to l. and seven to r.; date 1908 below. Bust of Indian in feathered headdress l. Engraver's initials BLP above "0" of date.

Reverse Description

Reverse Description: Eagle standing l., wings closed on fasces with olive branch. Above, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. To l., E / PLURIBUS / UNUM; to r., IN / GOD / WE / TRUST; below, FIVE DOLLARS.


Millicent Todd Bingham, to 1969; Yale University Library, New Haven, Conn., 1969–2001; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • American Art: Selections from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2023), 186–87, no. 87, ill
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coins, dollars (coins), money

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