Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $5 (1908-1929)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 577,845
Obverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Reverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2420oz
Melt Value: $309.98 (10/21/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1908 INDIAN $5 MS obverse 1908 INDIAN $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.

While production at the Denver and San Francisco Mints were quite low for a first year issue, the Philadelphia Mint struck an impressive 577,845 coins in 1908. Although the design wasn't particularly popular at the time, many of the new coins were still saved as evidenced by the NGC census.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/9/2017

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1908 INDIAN $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 400 410 420 430 450 500 520 540 565 580 625 765 1200 2300 8800 24000 66000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 790 1350 2750 12000 27500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7632
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


Upcoming Auctions

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Grade
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11/4/2017 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1261/Lot# 17859
11/4/2017 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1261/Lot# 17858
11/4/2017 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 20370


Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
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Price
5/5/2004 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 9631 $2,127.50
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 948 $1,898.00
12/8/2010 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 18404/Lot# 2337 $3,042.00
6/19/2012 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 3297, 3297/Lot# 1369 $562.00
6/23/2013 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 757, 766/Lot# 332 $1,166.00
6/8/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 199336 $402.60
11/5/2015 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 21082 $1,997.50
11/10/2015 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 26789 $528.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 $5 MS INDIAN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10281044105910731088110311171138115212061233127113451505226831495747830610653000
10331049106410781093110811241143117012151246129613981759256240156600908810653000
00000011241143117012151246129613981759256240156600908810653000
00000011311147118812241258132014522014285548817453987110653000
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1505
Owner: Zebster
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1345
Owner: Vespasian49
 
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