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: $291.34 (4/27/2015)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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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.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/14/2014

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1912 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 435 445 455 525 575 650 675 775 1125 3800 7800 18250 34500 245000 - - - - -
$ 625 660 700 825 1375 4600 9500 21000 40000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1538
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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1/10/2000 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1257, 1257/Lot# 2037 $263.75
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1429 $1,278.80
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2371 $21,850.00
10/28/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131245/Lot# 26495 $475.88
6/9/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 105673 $440.00
12/1/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 148092 $451.00
12/5/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(6), 1192/Lot# 9624 $705.00
2/3/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1202/Lot# 4726 $969.38
3/27/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 4090 $13,512.50


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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