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: $304.36 (2/26/2017)
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: 11/10/2016

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1908 INDIAN $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 435 445 455 465 475 500 510 550 570 585 660 800 1700 3300 9500 27000 67500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 875 2000 4300 12500 37500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7616
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
1/16/2005 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1988, 1988/Lot# 1586 $330.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3316 $5,290.00
5/1/2008 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 243, 249/Lot# 6347 $391.00
5/28/2008 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 10272 $460.00
3/24/2010 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction #1138, 1138/Lot# 2371 $3,450.00
12/8/2010 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 18404/Lot# 2337 $3,042.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4310 $3,162.50
7/6/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 199/Lot# 206355 $27,500.00
7/25/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22560 $1,263.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 INDIAN $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10281044105910731088110311171138115212061233127113451505226831495747830610653000
10331049106410781093110811241143117012151246129613981759256240156600908810653000
00000011241143117012151246129613981759256240156600908810653000
00000011311147118812241258132014522014285548817453987110653000
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3080
Owner: scotty's gold
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1505
Owner: Zebster
 
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