Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $5 (1908-1929)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 82,000
Obverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Reverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2420oz
Melt Value: $325.53 (6/18/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1908 S $5 MS obverse 1908 S $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.

With a mintage of only 82,000 pieces, the 1908-S Indian half eagle features the third lowest mintage of the entire series. Due to this, it sells for a premium in all grades. This date is also known for having strong, lustrous strikes and some are usually available in gem, but for a large premium.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/30/2018

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1908 S $5 MS
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Base $ 420 430 445 600 700 1175 1250 1675 2400 2650 3250 5750 9100 12500 23000 26500 62000 220000 - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 565
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/18/2019 1908 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----511262039109121758473846171461--565
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------------11-3------5
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Total----511262039109121759483849171461--570
 ----1 %2 %5 %4 %7 %19 %21 %1 %10 %8 %7 %9 %3 %2 %1 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
2/11/2004 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1843, 1843/Lot# 1649 $742.50
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3875 $3,105.00
4/22/2008 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL US Coin Final Session #1105, 1105/Lot# 9393 $690.00
9/7/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1159/Lot# 4344 $3,450.00
6/23/2013 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 757, 766/Lot# 333 $950.00
8/30/2013 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3432 $1,028.13
4/6/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 185326 $888.80
4/26/2017 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1254/Lot# 8304 $763.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 $5 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base103610511066108812711375145015311634221527272960319439355104574776518727108361560300
104110561073114913061400147715651828238628053038344143255318638280109430124251560300
000000147715651828238628053038344143255318638280109430124251560300
0000001504160020212556288231163688471455337016836810133140141560300
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