Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $5 (1908-1929)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 164,000
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: $327.23 (7/30/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1915 S $5 MS obverse 1915 S $5 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Between 1908 and 1929, four mints produced 24 different Indian half eagle issues. Although the 1915-S five is not a standout in terms of recorded mintage-it ranks fourth with a total of 164,000 coins struck-it is prominent as a conditional rarity above the MS63 level, perhaps equal to or slightly second to the 1914-S.

The reason for the conditional rarity of the late date S-mint half eagles is that all coins struck were apparently released into circulation. During the early 1900s, circulating coinage was in short supply and desperately needed to meet the demands of a booming West Coast economy. As a result, few coins were saved early on and, as a result, we have a limited number of Mint State pieces available for collectors today. David Akers perhaps said it best in 1979: ?Strictly Uncirculated examples are very rare and Choice or Gem quality Mint State pieces are almost impossible to obtain. This date is the rarest S-mint half eagle in any grade and is also [rarer] in Choice Mint State than the 1909-S, 1910-S, 1912-S, 1913-S, 1914-S and 1916-S. In fact, a strong argument could be made that it is the rarest Indian Head half eagle in Choice condition, its only competition coming from the 1909-O and the 1911-D which are also extremely rare in full Mint State.?

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/12/2015

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1915 S $5 MS
Base $ 435 445 455 485 550 650 725 885 1450 2400 5000 8800 19850 55000 140000 - - - - -
$ - - 775 1000 1900 - - 10300 23500 61000 - - - -

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Total Graded: 1307
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65

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8/14/2016 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(6), 1238/Lot# 8476

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1/31/2000 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1265, 1265/Lot# 1848 $527.50
9/17/2001 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1483, 1483/Lot# 1743 $580.25
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2177 $2,702.50
3/6/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 227, 233/Lot# 6284 $678.50
1/6/2010 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 9286 $747.50
9/22/2010 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 11463 $1,063.75
4/20/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 187777 $18,161.00
10/31/2014 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 5414 $4,112.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1915 S $5 MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 4083
Owner: Dave Jones
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2360
Owner: Musicman102357
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