1912-S $5 AU50

CERTIFICATION#: -27453
PCGS#: 8524

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by Bowers and Merena Nov '83 price realized $330

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): If one considers overall appearance or "eye appeal" as part of the grade, then the 1912-S could possibly be considered the rarest Indian Head half eagle in MS-64 of better condition because it is all but impossible to find a really attractive one. Actually, any Mint State 1912-S is rare and, above MS-63, the issue is almost impossible to locate. A few MS-65 gems do exist but I have never seen one any better than that.

The 1912-S is one of the most poorly made, if not the absolute most poorly made, gold issues of the 20th century. The Mint had serious die problems for this isssue and nearly all specimens have a nearly invisible, amorphous mintmark and below-average lustre. In addition, the dies usually show signs of deterioration near the rims and the overall result is not very pleasing to the eye. The only positive thing one can say is that the color of a typical 1912-S is usually quite good, light to medium orange gold being the most common, although rich yellow gold examples exist as well. Note: On a very, very few specimens, the mintmark is sharp and well defined and the strike and lustre are very good, almost up to the standards of the 1909-S and 1910-S, if not the 1908-S.

Diameter: 21.60 millimeters Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 392,000 Weight: 8.24 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
12
550
15
560
20
570
2
25
580
3
45+
715
50+
745
1
53+
765
55+
855
58+
1,350
62+
8,000
1
63+
19,500
64+
47,500

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 2,750 R-4.4 6 / 24 TIE 6 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 4 / 24 4 / 24
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 3 / 24 3 / 24

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade Simpson Collection
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade