1908-D $5 XF40

CERTIFICATION#: -35439
PCGS#: 8511

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $165

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): There have been several small hoards of 1908-D half eagles found over the years but virtually all of the pieces these hoards contained were only MS-60 to 63 quality. An exception was the Virgil Brand hoard handled by MTB which contained a small number of MS-64 or better pieces, most of which were minimally marked with very good color. Most of the relatively few choice pieces around today are from the Brand hoard although the Norweb specimen was a borderline gem. I have never seen a 1908-D that was better than MS-65 and not really very many that even reached that level. This issue is grossly underrated in true gem condition.

The 1908-D is typically not nearly as lustrous as the 1908 and 1908-S but, rather, it is almost always subdued, granular and decidedly on the lacklustre side. Color is generally quite good, however, with many, if not most, Mint State specimens having a rather appealing orange and greenish gold color. Like all the Denver Mint issues of this type, the 1908-D is invariably well struck with a clearly defined, if not particularly bold, mintmark.

Diameter: 21.60 millimeters Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 148,000 Weight: 8.24 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
1
605
2
525
3
430
4
435
6
440
8
445
10
450
12
455
15
460
20
465
25
470
30
475
1
35
475
1
40
485
5
45
485
16
45+
485
50
485
12
50+
485
53
485
13
53+
495
55+
545
58+
545
67
95,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 16,000 R-2.8 16 / 24 TIE 16 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 10,500 R-2.9 17 / 24 TIE 17 / 24 TIE
65 or Better 18 R-9.2 11 / 24 11 / 24

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade Simpson Collection
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade