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: $304.36 (2/26/2017)
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: 10/12/2015

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1912 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 435 445 455 525 575 650 675 775 1075 1900 4300 8300 18500 39000 245000 - - - - -
$ - - - 825 1375 - - 9500 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1546
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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1/25/2004 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 3291 $586.50
9/6/2006 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2256, 2256/Lot# 1949 $644.00
2/16/2009 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 336, 342/Lot# 1264 $736.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5557 $2,300.00
4/7/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/07/2013, 69/Lot# 105676 $487.88
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5237 $3,525.00
12/3/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1227/Lot# 8181 $763.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1912 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base920102110391057107511931197120116251854214923222916408362378525136619379104014017069047118627
95310271045106311141194119813421701195222062520330548016999102371366197192032449795855730
00000011981342170119522206252033054801699910237136619719203244979500
000000119914831777205022642718369455197762119491366110060302475942100
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Grade: XF 45
Points: 1197
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
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