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: $155.56 (10/17/2017)
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: 8/10/2017

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1909 $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 255 265 275 295 310 325 330 340 390 425 485 650 1375 2050 4000 15750 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7604
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/10/2006 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2187, 2187/Lot# 1770 $2,464.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2316 $1,840.00
10/23/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 294, 300/Lot# 6256 $264.50
5/27/2012 NGC AU 58   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1225 $280.00
12/23/2012 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/23/2012, 54/Lot# 90383 $375.10
3/28/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6202 $5,287.50
6/1/2014 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 197754 $335.50
3/27/2016 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131614/Lot# 21491 $446.50
10/3/2016 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1240/Lot# 7895 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333354657559561564266168670577489817722342322544037651187163220055365
333184555581601624648669692728815118919622636361754851133923210399210
00000060162464866969272881511891962263636175485113392321000
00000060863365467769875185614802152293040106568150272770500
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3225
Owner: K
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2342
Owner: H.I.M.
 
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