Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $5 (1908-1929)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 408,000
Catalog: KM-129
Obverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Reverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $294.39 (9/21/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1913 S $5 MS obverse 1913 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1913-S Indian half eagle is one of the great condition rarities in the series. A large number of 1913-S half eagles have surfaced over the past decade, making the date appear more common than others in the series. However, nearly all of those coins are lower-grade pieces. The rarity of this issue in high grade remains considerable. Fuljenz comments in Indian Gold Coins of the 20th-Century:

'The 1913-S Half Eagle is usually seen in AU grades and it is scarce in the lower Uncirculated grades. It becomes extremely scarce in MS63 and it is very rare in MS65. Gems are extremely rare.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/14/2014

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1913 S $5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 435 445 455 535 625 625 670 700 800 1025 2100 4600 8650 20500 36500 150000 325000 - - - -
$ 635 690 725 900 1250 2600 5750 10500 25000 50000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1867
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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7/9/2007 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 157, 162/Lot# 2218 $2,185.00
9/27/2007 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #446, 446/Lot# 3521 $27,600.00
3/21/2010 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2827, 2827/Lot# 2628 $575.00
5/29/2011 PCGS   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 296 $391.00
12/11/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131151/Lot# 24809 $488.75
1/8/2012 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/08/2012, 2/Lot# 32169 $825.00
3/4/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131211/Lot# 30493 $718.75
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5238 $7,990.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1913 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base92010211039105710751193119712011558175620152169327740456480858312468153124571881277134561134561
953102710451063111411941198132016241842206625383533485671819878134162544757571990381345610
00000011981320162418422066253835334856718198781341625447575719903800
0000001199143916901928211729073789566878821117314364355826942411679900
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2015
Owner: blake-rock
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1756
Owner: Strickland's Coins
 
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