Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $5 (1908-1929)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 78
Obverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Reverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2420oz
Melt Value: $360.05 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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Description & Analysis

In 1907, the Mint changed the way in which they produced gold proofs. Instead of the bright, brilliant finish of prior years, they sand-blasted the coins post strike. This led to a dark, matte finish which proved very unpopular.

Due to the unpopularity of the matte finish, in 1909, the "Roman gold" process was instead used on proof gold coins.This produced a coin that was brighter and was a sort of mix between matte and brilliant proof. However, due to the fact that this was the second year of issue and also the unpopularity of the first year's finish, only 78 proofs were sold. This would prove to be the second lowest mintage of the series.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/3/2019

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1909 $5 PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 7500 8125 10000 15700 26500 51000 91000 127500 160000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 105000 138000 -
1909 $5 PF Matte
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 5600 6600 9250 16000 28500 55000 85000 137500 187500 - -
$ - - - - - 5900 7400 9500 16250 31500 58000 125000 103500 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 36
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1909 $5 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------3152573--35
------------------3---3
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Total--------------31525103--38
 --------------8 %39 %5 %13 %26 %8 %-- 
1909 $5 PF Matte
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------------1---1
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Total------------------1---1
 ------------------100 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/5/2006 NGC PF 66   Matte Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 1216 $161,000.00
2/28/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 4325 $83,375.00
8/5/2014 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5660 $82,250.00
8/5/2014 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5659 $55,812.50
4/22/2015 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1219/Lot# 5217 $82,250.00
12/3/2015 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1227/Lot# 3370 $85,187.50
4/27/2016 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1234/Lot# 4794 $64,625.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 $5 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111116402163274530593266399148475577702978349137104161429518362
11111115471814235728493128350742765090606172978268956311709156500
0000001547181423572849312835074276509060617297826895631170900
00000011093198825512954319737494561533365457565870299891300200
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