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: $313.78 (10/16/2017)
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: 6/9/2017

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1909 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 400 425 435 450 525 625 675 775 1350 2100 3200 5500 13000 26000 61000 135000 165000 - - -
$ - - - 850 1525 - - 6750 - 36700 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 706
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/19/2005 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1990, 1990/Lot# 2041 $209.00
7/5/2006 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2006 July Dallas, TX Coin Signature Auction #407, 407/Lot# 1345 $4,600.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2423 $20,700.00
9/22/2010 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 5414 $4,600.00
12/1/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 148093 $489.50
2/9/2014 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 790, 799/Lot# 806 $606.00
7/11/2014 PCGS VF 20   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 7040 $411.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 $5 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base920102110391057107510841139119315631767203321902950392258627579972211044123634059669942120406
95310271045106310781102115713161631185520852443327445686434829310162114832177450378867630
00000011571316163118552085244332744568643482931016211483217745037800
00000011751439169919442137269635985215700690071060311923311856016000
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1767
Owner: steve1942
 
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