Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $5 (1908-1929)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 662,000
Obverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Reverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2420oz
Melt Value: $345.46 (7/21/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1929 $5 MS obverse 1929 $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1929 Indian Half Eagle had a mintage of 662,000 pieces. This is much more substantial than many earlier years which are worth much less. However, half eagles had not been produced for 13 years, meaning demand from the public was simply not there for this coin.

Due to this lack of demand, the 1929-dated coins languished in bank vaults until the ownership of gold was made illegal in 1933. When this happened, many 1929 half eagles were melted, which led to the extreme rarity we see today. So far, NGC has only graded 5 in MS65, with none higher.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/28/2019

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1929 $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 221
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 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: 7/16/2019 1929 $5 MS
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Base------1-16145175049726-----221
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Total------1-16145175050757-----226
 ------0 %-0 %3 %6 %2 %8 %22 %22 %33 %3 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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11/13/2000 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1377, 1377/Lot# 1641 $7,174.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2386 $31,050.00
12/8/2010 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 18404/Lot# 2348 $42,120.00
9/7/2011 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1159/Lot# 4364 $27,600.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4336 $51,750.00
4/27/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/27/2014, 173/Lot# 187985 $52,250.00
10/8/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1210/Lot# 5014 $41,125.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1929 $5 MS
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Base23922597298034674336543556135783615863876705690371007649931810129109051175412937258423133453670
2460272431423756470254945669590862346493677169687283820595881038711188121481723827672387790
000000566959086234649367716968728382059588103871118812148172382767200
000000572660336310659968377034746687619858106461147112542215402950300
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