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: $280.27 (10/9/2015)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 10/9/2015

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1913 S $5 MS
Base $ 435 445 455 535 625 670 700 800 1025 4600 8650 20500 36500 150000 325000 - - - -
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Total Graded: 1853
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

Upcoming Auctions

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Sale / Lot
11/1/2015 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1225/Lot# 3538
11/1/2015 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1225/Lot# 5151

Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3893 $4,140.00
11/29/2006 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2006 November Dallas Signature Coin Auction #420, 420/Lot# 2336 $4,312.50
7/4/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 2882, 2882/Lot# 2963 $368.00
1/3/2011 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 1496 $1,207.50
1/19/2012 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 655, 662/Lot# 7616 $621.00
2/26/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131210/Lot# 28327 $488.75
7/14/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/14/2013, 83/Lot# 106920 $400.40
8/8/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(4), 1188/Lot# 5113 $3,965.63

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1913 S $5 MS
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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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