Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $5 (1908-1929)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 297,200
Obverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Reverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2420oz
Melt Value: $444.85 (5/11/2021)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1909 S $5 MS obverse 1909 S $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1909-S Indian half eagle had a relatively low mintage of 297,200 coins. In addition to this, many went directly into circulation. This means that the 1909-S Indian half eagle is one of the hardest of the entire series to find in high grade. NGC has only graded a single example in each MS65 and MS66.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/12/2021

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1909 S $5 MS
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Base $ 575 575 575 585 660 715 725 800 1325 2100 4725 8475 12800 26000 61000 135000 165000 - - -
$ - - - 825 1550 - 5500 9000 - 40000 - - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 759
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1909 S $5 MS
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Base----7124523621642442393696911----759
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Total----71245236216424423956961011----762
 ----1%2%6%3%8%22%32%3%12%9%1%1%0%0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base920102110391057107510841139119315631767203321902950392258627579972211044123634059669942120406
9531027104510631078110211571316163118552085244332744568643482931016211483217745037886763126426
00000011571316163118552085244332744568643482931016211483217745037800
00000011751439169919442137269635985215700690071060311923311856016000
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 2950
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2033
Owner: EzyRyder
 
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