Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $5 (1908-1929)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 297,200
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: $296.62 (9/18/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1909 S $5 MS obverse 1909 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1909-S is a difficult San Francisco half eagle in any Uncirculated grade, even more scarce than its S-mint predecessor despite a mintage that is larger by over 200,000 pieces. The population of Choice Mint State or better specimens thins out even more dramatically and only rarely does a survivor at the MS64 grade level become available. Michael Fuljenz explains:

'The 1909-S is extremely hard to find in Uncirculated, especially in grades higher than MS62. It is rare in MS63, very rare in MS64 and extremely rare in MS65 or higher.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/14/2014

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1909 S $5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 435 445 455 500 600 600 625 650 750 1375 1875 3550 6400 15750 28000 63500 125000 165000 - - -
$ 615 635 675 800 1500 2250 4000 7350 18500 38000 70000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 697
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
Auction House
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Price
9/26/2002 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2002 September Long Beach Signature Sale #300, 300/Lot# 8259 $1,207.50
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3330 $4,600.00
10/7/2007 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2432, 2432/Lot# 2656 $336.00
11/18/2010 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 533, 540/Lot# 7566 $4,255.00
8/12/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131234/Lot# 25393 $558.13
2/22/2013 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 8105 $822.50
3/16/2014 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/16/2014, 172/Lot# 178068 $430.10


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base920102110391057107510841139119315631767203321902950392258627579972211044123634059669942120406
95310271045106310781102115713161631185520852443327445686434829310162114832177450378867630
00000011571316163118552085244332744568643482931016211483217745037800
00000011751439169919442137269635985215700690071060311923311856016000
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1767
Owner: steve1942
 
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