Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $5 (1908-1929)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 588,000
Obverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Reverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2420oz
Melt Value: $309.98 (10/22/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1915 $5 MS obverse 1915 $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1915 was the second-to-last Indian Head half eagle struck at the Philadelphia Mint. It is also considered to be the last of the "common-date" Indian half eagles. However, it circulated extensively, making high grade uncirculated pieces very difficult to locate. In fact, NGC has only graded 39 in gem, with none higher! (8/2016)

Note: This coin is commonly targeted by counterfeiters. Learn more here.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/9/2017

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1915 $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 400 410 420 430 465 500 520 530 575 585 625 775 1300 2500 10750 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 650 850 1950 3150 22500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6434
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65


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11/4/2017 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 20395


Auction Prices Realized

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10/15/1997 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 0989, 989/Lot# 2043 $200.45
9/18/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 284, 290/Lot# 6398 $339.25
7/31/2009 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 2572 $2,070.00
12/8/2010 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 18404/Lot# 2347 $3,042.00
3/17/2011 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(5), 1153/Lot# 9487 $747.50
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1562 $3,335.00
12/16/2012 NGC MS 60   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/16/2012, 53/Lot# 89835 $523.60
11/10/2015 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 26796 $470.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1915 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9201021103910571075108410921101115311891238127115781911263136056984934910119251774355575247
953102710451063107810861095111811651205124913731689215129554731777296051513831303541190
000000109511181165120512491373168921512955473177729605151383130300
000000109811351177122112601475180023913280585785609862201573742900
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1238
Owner: 79Protons
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1238
Owner: Mozin
 
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