Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $5 (1908-1929)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 148,000
Obverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Reverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2420oz
Melt Value: $448.82 (5/17/2021)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1908 D $5 MS obverse 1908 D $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1908 was the first year of issue for the new Indian half eagle design. The coins featured sunken-relief as opposed to the raised relief on all other United States coinage issues. While not appreciated at the time, the coins are very popular with collectors today.

The Denver Mint struck 148.000 Indian $5 gold pieces in 1908. While not a large amount, it was still much more than were struck at San Francisco, where the mintage was only 82.000 coins. However, even though this coin had a larger mintage, they were not as well made and didn't survive in high grade as often as the San Francisco coins. In fact, NGC has only graded 5 in gem with non higher, as opposed to the San Fran issue, of which NGC has graded 17 in gem with 18 higher. (8/2016)

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/12/2021

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1908 D $5 MS
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Base $ 550 550 550 580 585 615 615 635 650 710 800 1000 1625 3050 26000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1075 2000 4700 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2781
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1908 D $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----2-4838121492658429604866-----2781
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Total-----2-4838121492658559735036-----2824
 -----0%-0%0%1%4%2%9%30%34%18%0%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 D $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102810441059107310881103111711381159120612391290158919532579347094451022610566000
103310491064107810931108112411451175121712561390171021622876546297051033910566000
000000112411451175121712561390171021622876546297051033910566000
000000113111521190122812731489183223703173745399661045310566000
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3470
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 3470
Owner: H.I.M. Collection
 
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