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: $255.81 (11/27/2015)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 10/12/2015

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1913 S $5 MS
Base $ 435 445 455 535 625 670 700 750 1175 4600 9150 21500 37500 150000 325000 - - - -
$ - - - 825 1275 - 10500 26000 - - - - -

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Total Graded: 1847
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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12/8/2003 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1816, 1816/Lot# 1870 $2,255.00
7/19/2010 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 498, 504/Lot# 650 $471.50
5/29/2011 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1560 $690.00
12/4/2011 PCGS MS 60   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/04/2011, 147/Lot# 27245 $594.00
12/9/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131251/Lot# 23096 $675.63
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5238 $7,990.00

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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