The next issue of Coins magazine (September 2010) will feature an interesting article by Tom LaMare on the Indian Head gold $5 by Bela Lyon Pratt and the supposed American Indian model for it and the $2.50.
As with other such stories, not everyone agrees on the model. Some believe it was Hollow Horn Bear, a Sioux. LaMarre suggests Thundercloud, a Blackfoot.
The Buffalo nickel story also suffers from mixed up tales. I cover that one in my new book, Fascinating Facts, Mysteries and Myths About U.S. Coins. There you’ll also find why Black Diamond may not have been the model for the bison on that popular coin’s reverse. For info on the book see:
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