Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $5 (1908-1929)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 82,000
Catalog: KM-129
Obverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Reverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2420oz
Melt Value: $321.13 (9/27/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 10/12/2015

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1908 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 440 450 465 600 685 825 925 1625 2450 2900 3400 5350 9750 13000 27000 36000 65000 215000 - -
$ - - - 1750 2650 - - 6100 10750 20000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 538
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/24/1999 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1167, 1167/Lot# 2154 $501.13
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1421 $1,092.50
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3875 $3,105.00
7/31/2009 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 1270 $26,450.00
1/6/2010 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 3997 $10,350.00
12/8/2011 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(5), 1162/Lot# 9920 $632.50
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


NGC Registry

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