Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $2.50 (1908-1929)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 441,760
Obverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Reverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1210oz
Melt Value: $177.65 (12/10/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1909 $2.5 MS obverse 1909 $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: In lower grades the 1909 is readily obtainable. Most are well struck in comparison to the 1908 issue and usually feature light green–gold coloration. The 1909 issue is scarce at the Gem MS 65 level, with four or five usually crossing the auction block each year. Only two dozen have been graded as Superb MS 66. As is a common theme for the series, none have been certified as MS 67 or higher (11/12).


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/6/2019

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1909 $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 245 245 255 285 285 330 335 340 350 440 460 530 1190 2025 4150 13750 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 700 1400 2750 5750 20000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7823
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

The chart showing VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1909 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1-3320204231213399315732368104178619428----7823
---------------2------2
-------------3726111----48
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Total--1-3320204231213399315732371104881420529----7873
 --0 %-0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %4 %17 %1 %20 %30 %13 %10 %3 %0 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/29/2003 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23051, 23051/Lot# 13435 $356.50
8/24/2003 PCGS FA 2   Teletrade Auction 1769, 1769/Lot# 1433 $121.00
3/12/2007 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 130, 135/Lot# 1468 $391.00
1/29/2012 NGC Details UNC Details  Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1284 $276.00
5/27/2012 NGC AU 58   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1225 $280.00
7/11/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1187/Lot# 3310 $4,259.38
10/27/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/27/2013, 98/Lot# 116883 $226.60
4/1/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 8056 $293.75
8/28/2016 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131636/Lot# 21471 $305.50
9/24/2017 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131740/Lot# 21533 $408.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333354657559561564266168670577489817722342322544037651187163220055365
333184555581601624648669692728815118919622636361754851133923210399210
00000060162464866969272881511891962263636175485113392321000
00000060863365467769875185614802152293040106568150272770500
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5485
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 4403
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
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