This historic commemorative is the first gold coin ever issued by a sovereign Indian tribe within the United States. This Five Dollar denomination contains 1/5 oz. of pure (999 fine) gold. Gem Proof quality. Features portrait of Shawnee hero, "The Prophet." The seal of the Sovereign Nation of the Shawnee Tribe is pictured on the reverse.
Tenskwatawa ("The Prophet") had a series of religious visions which transformed his life and led him to reject his old ways. More revelations followed in succeeding months, revelations that the white invaders from the east were “not my children, but the children of the Evil Spirit.". He led a purification movement to return his people to their traditional ways, and to do extirpate the evils represented by the Americans. Indian witches still remained the most active agents of that spirit on earth, and Tenskwatawa so to identify and destroy them.
When some chiefs tried to promote compromise and conciliation, Tenskwatawa, proclaiming his obedience to the Great Spirit, lashed out against these government chiefs, depicting them as wicked traitors and minions of the Americans.