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Liberty $5 Gold Coins

The obverse (front) of the $5 Liberty gold coin is very similar in design to the $2.50 and $20 Liberty gold coins. The obverse features Lady Liberty whose tight bun of hair is adorned with a string of beads. A coronet inscribed with the word "LIBERTY" rests on top of her head. The date and one star for each of the 13 original colonies encircle Liberty's portrait. The reverse (back) features a proud bald eagle with wings spread, standing among olive branches. The eagle clinches three arrows in his talons,and has a shield featuring stars and stripes upon his chest. The words 'UNITED STATES OF AMERICA', the denomination, and the Mint Mark surround the eagle. Coins minted from 1839 through 1866 do not feature the motto 'IN GOD WE TRUST.' In 1866 the reverse was modified by adding the Motto on a ribbon above the eagle.