Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $5 (1908-1929)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 164,000
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: $313.36 (4/18/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1915 S $5 MS obverse 1915 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Between 1908 and 1929, four mints produced 24 different Indian half eagle issues. Although the 1915-S five is not a standout in terms of recorded mintage-it ranks fourth with a total of 164,000 coins struck-it is prominent as a conditional rarity above the MS63 level, perhaps equal to or slightly second to the 1914-S.

The reason for the conditional rarity of the late date S-mint half eagles is that all coins struck were apparently released into circulation. During the early 1900s, circulating coinage was in short supply and desperately needed to meet the demands of a booming West Coast economy. As a result, few coins were saved early on and, as a result, we have a limited number of Mint State pieces available for collectors today. David Akers perhaps said it best in 1979: ?Strictly Uncirculated examples are very rare and Choice or Gem quality Mint State pieces are almost impossible to obtain. This date is the rarest S-mint half eagle in any grade and is also [rarer] in Choice Mint State than the 1909-S, 1910-S, 1912-S, 1913-S, 1914-S and 1916-S. In fact, a strong argument could be made that it is the rarest Indian Head half eagle in Choice condition, its only competition coming from the 1909-O and the 1911-D which are also extremely rare in full Mint State.?

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1915 S $5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 450 460 470 480 565 565 600 620 660 1280 2100 5250 8250 20500 49000 126500 - - - - -
$ 620 660 680 730 1410 2350 5650 9500 23000 54000 140000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1274
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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2/20/2006 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 75, 80/Lot# 1168 $747.50
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1733 $7,762.50
2/5/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131207/Lot# 20676 $977.50
6/18/2012 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3296, 3296/Lot# 2007 $575.00
10/28/2012 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131245/Lot# 27226 $458.25
4/1/2013 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3424, 3424/Lot# 2964 $528.75
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5242 $6,491.88
12/22/2013 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 141111 $440.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1915 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base92010211039105711601193120112091738201423602561351040836753944513154107354006370538123730134561
9531027104510911171119512031385183021292427287737014973765010681131542051150221882681273400
000000120313851830212924272877370149737650106811315420511502218826800
0000001206156119222244249431933892586385471191713154302876037910599900
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 4083
Owner: Dave Jones
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2360
Owner: Musicman102357
 
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