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: $324.05 (7/12/2014)
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: 6/17/2014

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1913 S $5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 450 460 470 480 490 490 575 600 640 920 2400 4800 9000 23500 43500 150000 325000 - - - -
$ 520 620 660 700 1010 2900 5500 11000 28000 50000 175000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1856
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
Sale / Lot
Price
3/4/1994 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 1994 New Orleans Bullet Sale #116, 116/Lot# 893 $1,980.00
10/21/2003 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23104, 23104/Lot# 12236 $977.50
8/18/2004 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1924, 1924/Lot# 1825 $632.50
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 968 $9,200.00
2/19/2008 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA US Coin Final Session #461, 461/Lot# 8680 $488.75
5/3/2010 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers The May 2010 Online Auction, 54/Lot# 913 $379.50
10/7/2010 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 521, 528/Lot# 5821 $793.50
1/15/2012 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/15/2012, 3/Lot# 32168 $544.50
4/7/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131316/Lot# 24361 $705.00


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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