1908-S $5 MS68

CERTIFICATION#: 18307662
PCGS#: 8512

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1908-S is not as rare, relatively speaking, as its low mintage would imply but it is still reasonably difficult to locate in MS-63 or better condition. There are more gems of this issue around than any of the other branch mint Indian Head half eagle and there are also a small number of really exceptional, nearly perfect specimens. The Virgil Brand hoard contained a number of gems as well as several superb pieces. In summary, this date is hard to find but not nearly as much so as many less publicized issues of the series.

The 1908-S can be one of the prettiest issues of the series. Most specimens have very good to excellent lustre and the color is typically reddish gold or coppery. There are also a number of specimens that have rich greenish gold or bright yellow gold color. The strike on a 1908-S is invariably sharp and the mintmark well defined. There are two basic surface finishes for this issue (the same is true for the 1908-S $10 and $20), satiny and "soft" frosty, the latter finish predominating by a wide margin.

Diameter: 21.60 millimeters Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 82,000 Weight: 8.24 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
12
555
15
565
20
575
25
585
3
30
600
1
45+
805
50+
880
53+
940
55+
1,300
58+
2,250
1
62+
5,250
63+
7,650
1
64+
14,500
4
65+
26,000
1
66+
40,000
67+
95,000

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,666 R-4.7 3 / 24 3 / 24
60 or Better 716 R-5.5 9 / 24 9 / 24
65 or Better 140 R-7.6 19 / 24 TIE 19 / 24 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

Previously in the collection of David Akers, per Legend Numismatics - Heritage 7/2005:10366, not sold - Jim O'Neal Collection - Heritage 1/2011:5135 (as PCGS MS68 18307662), $126,500

2 MS67 PCGS grade Simpson Collection
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)
2 MS67 PCGS grade