Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $5 (1908-1929)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 78
Catalog: KM-129
Obverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Reverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2420oz
Melt Value: $319.92 (8/28/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1915 $5 PF obverse 1915 $5 PF reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1915 proof half eagle has the lowest mintage of the series with only 75 pieces reportedly struck. It is universally believed to be the rarest date in the series, and there is some archival data to suggest that many 1915s and some unsold 1914s were sent to the Mint's melting pot in January 1917. It is widely believed that somewhere between 12 and 20 proofs survive of this date, numbers most likely based on Akers' report of 21 appearances in auction. However, we believe the actual number of survivors to be somewhere on the order of 25 to 35 coins.

This is the final year of the matte proofing process, a process that was never popular with contemporary collectors, but has stood the test of time and is highly respected today as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the U.S. Mint in the last 150 years. There is no noticeable difference to our eyes in the quality of the matte finish this year as opposed to previous ones (as mentioned in the description of the 1914 above), again, the primary difference being one of color from one year to the next.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/12/2015

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Total Graded: 21
Low Grade: 64
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67

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5/4/2005 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 8743 $37,662.50
6/1/2011 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1156/Lot# 4729 $23,000.00
8/11/2011 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7586 $54,625.00
1/3/2012 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(5), 1166/Lot# 4948 $74,750.00
1/3/2012 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(5), 1166/Lot# 4947 $46,000.00
6/4/2014 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1206/Lot# 4851 $47,000.00

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NGC Registry Score 1915 $5 PF
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