Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $5 (1908-1929)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 3,423,560
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: $291.85 (5/25/2015)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1909 D $5 MS obverse 1909 D $5 MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

With a mintage of 3.4 million coins, the 1909-D is easily the most plentiful date in the entire Indian half eagle series. Examples are available in nearly any grade desired, up to MS65. Higher-grade coins, such as this Premium Gem, will prove elusive to even the most serious students of the series. In A Handbook of 20th-Century United States Gold Coins 1907-1933, David Akers wrote in 1988: 'True gems are genuinely rare and superb (better than MS-65) quality examples are essentially unobtainable.' Those words are equally true today, more than 20 years later.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2015

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1909 D $5 MS
Base $ 435 445 455 465 475 500 510 540 550 615 750 1275 2250 14000 31000 - - - -
$ 480 505 515 545 555 625 785 1450 3400 19000 - - -

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Total Graded: 31380
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

Upcoming Auctions

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Sale / Lot
6/7/2015 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1221/Lot# 5307
6/7/2015 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 8231
6/7/2015 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 8230

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Auction House
Sale / Lot
9/22/1997 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 0982, 982/Lot# 1990 $400.90
6/23/2008 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 259, 265/Lot# 1060 $563.50
3/28/2009 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 10559 $1,897.50
11/9/2010 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 11326 $351.90
6/1/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(5), 1156/Lot# 9386 $863.65
9/2/2012 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20038/Lot# 1072 $561.00
1/13/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131304/Lot# 20609 $507.60
2/3/2013 NGC MS 61   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1766 $632.50
6/2/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 105683 $407.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 D $5 MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 4128
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
Grade: MS 64
Points: 3080
Owner: bigboeer
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