Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $5 (1908-1929)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 392,000
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: $314.66 (4/17/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1912 S $5 MS obverse 1912 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In a series replete with rarities, the 1912-S ranks second in high-grade rarity only to the 1914-S. An ample number of half eagles were produced in San Francisco in 1912, with 392,000 pieces struck. But a large percentage of those produced were dropped into circulation. Evidence of this can be seen from examination of the population data, which shows dozens of pieces certified in the VF-XF grade range. Once the Mint State threshold is passed, however, the availability of 1912-S fives drops precipitously and the price increases rapidly. But it is not the number of circulated coins that makes the 1912-S the stellar condition rarity it is. Rather, it is the overall poor production of almost all known examples that has prevented all but two pieces from reaching the Gem plateau. The gold references that deal with the 1912-S are enough to scare away all but the most diehard collectors. Consider these daunting passages from the updated Akers reference:

'The 1912-S is the worst-produced issue in the entire Indian Half Eagle series. ... virtually all examples display an amorphous mintmark that is little more than a blob of metal. ... usually evidence of die deterioration at the borders on one of both sides. ... The typical example has inferior luster and subdued, granular surfaces. ... Distracting abrasions are the norm. ... lowest eye appeal rating in this series.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/13/2013

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1912 S $5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 450 460 470 480 550 550 575 600 680 950 1800 3750 8000 18750 33000 165000 - - - - -
$ 610 640 660 750 1050 2000 4200 9000 21000 37500 180000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1501
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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4/22/2014 AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131416/Lot# 20743
4/27/2014 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1204/Lot# 11088


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4/29/2003 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23051, 23051/Lot# 13506 $249.55
6/13/2011 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 592, 599/Lot# 1448 $506.00
6/14/2011 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 9585 $517.50
1/29/2012 NGC AU 58   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1724 $661.25
2/12/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131208/Lot# 22587 $532.45
10/21/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131244/Lot# 24385 $587.50
3/17/2013 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/17/2013, 66/Lot# 105231 $467.50
3/18/2013 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3422, 3422/Lot# 2913 $475.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1912 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base920102110391057107511931197120116251854214923222916408362378525136619379104014017069047118627
95310271045106311141194119813421701195222062520330548016999102371366197192032449795855730
00000011981342170119522206252033054801699910237136619719203244979500
000000119914831777205022642718369455197762119491366110060302475942100
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Grade: XF 45
Points: 1197
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
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