Indian Eagle $10 - Roosevelt Commissions St Gaudens To Design The Coin

In 1904, Roosevelt decided that the previous inaugural medal produced for McKinley would be insufficient for him. Roosevelt, who was an avid art supporter, wanted his medal to be more than a simple portrait. He chose renowned American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who was in negotiations with the U.S. Treasury to make new designs for American coins. The medal received widespread acclaim, and Roosevelt commissioned Saint-Gaudens to design new coinage.