Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $5 (1908-1929)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 392,000
Obverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Reverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2420oz
Melt Value: $448.84 (5/17/2021)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1912 S $5 MS obverse 1912 S $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1912-S Indian half eagle is one of the hardest coins to fins in uncirculated grades. Not only were the coins poorly produced to begin with, but most of the 392,000 coins mintage was released directly into circulation and not saved. This means that this date is excessively rare in gem. In fact, NGC has only graded a single piece above MS64.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/12/2021

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1912 S $5 MS
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Base $ 610 620 635 655 670 685 690 800 1100 1900 2700 6500 17000 32500 225000 - - - - -
$ - - - 825 1350 - - 7500 - - - - - -

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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: 1620
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1912 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----318847216443956829161609121-----1620
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Total----318847216443957129161619121-----1624
 ----0%1%5%4%10%27%35%2%10%4%1%1%0%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1912 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base920102110391057107511931197120116251854214923222916408362378525136619379104014017069047118627
9531027104510631114119411981342170119522206252033054801699910237136619719203244979585573124558
00000011981342170119522206252033054801699910237136619719203244979500
000000119914831777205022642718369455197762119491366110060302475942100
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 4083
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 4083
Owner: karl mullineaux
 
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