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: $409.89 (3/4/2021)
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: 4/23/2020

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1929 $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 219
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: 3/2/2021 1929 $5 MS
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Base------1-16146175048706-----219
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Total------1-16146175049737-----224
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1929 $5 MS
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Base23922597298034674336543556135783615863876705690371007649931810129109051175412937258423133453670
24602724314237564702549456695908623464936771696872838205958810387111881214817238276723877956354
000000566959086234649367716968728382059588103871118812148172382767200
000000572660336310659968377034746687619858106461147112542215402950300
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 10129
Owner: karl mullineaux
 
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