Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering for sale cufflinks with a pair of 1910 $2-1/2 gold incused American Indian head/ eagle coins. The coins are 90% fine yellow gold. The frames are vintage 14kt. yellow gold wire rope twisted frames with flip backs. The incused coins, which are formed by hammering, stamping or pressing into the gold to form a recessed pattern, are some of the last coins minted for circulation before the U.S. went off the gold standard. The reverse of this coin is a majestic eagle. The frames for the coins measure 22.3mm. The coin itself is 18mm. in diameter. The coins are bezel set in the frames. The cufflinks have a toggle or flip back with a maker's mark and patent registry. The total weight of the cufflinks is 17.9 grams and the pieces are in excellent condition with some bag marks and scratches on the coins.,
The designer of these coins was Bela Lyon Pratt. They were produced from 1908 to 1929 and were originally commissioned by Theodore Roosevelt. A total of 492,682 of these coins were produced in Philadelphia during the year 1910. In the 1930's the U.S. went off the gold standard and recalled gold coins to be melted into bullion. Private ownership of gold was restricted.
It is unusual for the cufflinks to have matching year coins.
The cufflinks are marked 14kt. gold. The coins contain 4.18 grams of 90% fine gold each. The obverse features the image of an American Indian in a feather headdress. The reverse has a noble standing eagle. The recessed, incused design of the $2.50 gold piece makes it one of the most unique coins ever produced by the U.S. mint.