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: $279.78 (10/10/2015)
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.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/9/2015

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1909 S $5 MS
Base $ 435 445 455 500 600 625 650 750 1400 3550 7350 13750 28000 63500 125000 165000 - - -
$ - - - 800 1575 - 8750 - 38000 - - - -

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Total Graded: 716
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
5/31/2004 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2540 $276.00
3/9/2008 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2500, 2500/Lot# 2504 $403.20
9/22/2010 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 11411 $402.50
2/3/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(5), 1152/Lot# 9254 $920.00
7/22/2012 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/22/2012, 32/Lot# 64459 $880.00
2/3/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 8626 $881.25
2/9/2014 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 790, 799/Lot# 806 $606.00
7/11/2014 PCGS VF 20   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 7040 $411.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 S $5 MS
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1767
Owner: steve1942
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