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: $278.52 (10/7/2015)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 11/12/2014

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1909 S $5 MS
Base $ 435 445 455 500 600 625 650 750 1375 3550 6750 15750 28000 63500 125000 165000 - - -
$ 615 635 675 800 1500 4000 8750 18500 38000 70000 - - -

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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
4/15/2003 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23044, 23044/Lot# 13635 $1,495.00
8/14/2005 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2078, 2078/Lot# 2078 $448.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3330 $4,600.00
1/28/2008 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 216, 222/Lot# 1051 $2,305.75
6/9/2013 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 114960 $550.00
7/11/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1187/Lot# 3667 $1,410.00
8/5/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3968 $8,812.50
3/31/2015 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 33723 $528.75

NGC Registry

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