The $2.50 and $5.00 Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt by Schein
The Gold Indians of BLP includes an extensive biography of Pratt, his education and sculptural history. Much of it in his own words excerpted directly from an archive of more than 1,000 letters written by his own hand. Numerous images from the Pratt family photo archives are presented in print here, for the first time anyplace in more than 100 years.
Numismatic contents include the most complete and up to date information available with chapters on the coins design elements, comparisons of the changes made from the original plasters to the production issues. It includes; grading the gold Indians, DATA sheets with specifics about values, rarities, auction records, unusual varieties and attributions, images of some of the finest examples ever encapsulated, numerous charts, a photographic grading section and more. Every date, branch mint issue and proof coin of both denominations are presented clearly and concisely, visually and descriptively. This invaluable reference is designed to be a complete, up-to-date handy guide for every collector and dealer, beginner or professional.
The $2ﾽ & $5 Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt presents this talented sculptor as the artistic giant he truly was until his untimely death at the age of 49, in 1917. His tremendous talent, sculptural innovativeness and creativity will, once better known in numismatic circles, forever bring BLP out from under the shadow of Saint Gaudens to stand in his own right as an immense talent and highly accomplished American sculptor.