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: $451.30 (6/14/2021)
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: 2/12/2021

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1908 S $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 587
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: 6/8/2021 1908 S $5 MS
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Base----511272043114134759463845171461--587
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Total----511272043114134760463849171461--592
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 S $5 MS
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Base12331271127112901450147718341886192822572699283442754853553456567198759710343157151684218026
12461271127713431459159618511900203824042744331444685080557561707331851212134160911723718927
000000185119002038240427443314446850805575617073318512121341609100
000000186919142147255227893795466053075615668474649428139241646600
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 6170
Owner: X1X1X1
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2699
Owner: dabrown
 
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