Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $5 (1908-1929)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 263,000
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: $289.34 (12/28/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1914 S $5 MS obverse 1914 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1914-S is one of the more significant condition rarities in the Indian Head half eagle series. Although 263,000 pieces were minted--not an especially low production--most were apparently placed into circulation. This seems logical, as there was still demand for gold coins in the West, even though most parts of the United States were content with banknotes. Any 1914-S five dollar (or any other San Francisco-minted coin) that entered circulation had the potential to receive a fair amount of wear. Most certified 1914-S coins grade between Very Fine and About Uncirculated. A number of known 'raw' coins grade even lower.

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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1914 S $5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 435 445 455 500 550 550 660 725 750 1190 1950 4450 7750 18000 67500 165000 - - - - -
$ 575 675 735 850 1325 2250 5500 9250 25000 115000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1477
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/17/1996 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 1996 ANA Signature Sale #163, 163/Lot# 8401 $1,650.00
7/9/2000 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1330, 1330/Lot# 1494 $221.55
11/17/2003 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Bullet Sale #335, 335/Lot# 2066 $230.00
2/23/2005 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 8706 $2,530.00
9/19/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 2492 $10,925.00
2/15/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 3839 $546.25
1/17/2011 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 550, 557/Lot# 571 $2,645.00
11/29/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1177/Lot# 10843 $998.75
6/5/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1186/Lot# 5769 $763.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1914 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base920102110391057107510841139119315531753201421693126407364341023013154112944112072894128610134561
9531027104510631078110211571313161918402065248834414860769911204131542123651711914661305930
000000115713131619184020652488344148607699112041315421236517119146600
0000001175143316861927211728073757564789641217913154311786230211003800
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1753
Owner: Vespasian49
 
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