1909-S $5 VF30

CERTIFICATION#: -35444
PCGS#: 8516

Owner's Comments

PCGS grade. Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $154

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1909-S is one of the four or five rarest issues of the series. Among San Francisco Mint issues it is virtually on par with the 1915-S and is far more rare than the lower mintage 1908-S. Mint State examples at any level are rare and in high Mint State grades, i.e. MS-64 or better, there are probably fewer than 20 specimens in all. The two best I have seen are the Brand and Norweb specimens, both better than MS-65 and undoubtedly obtained directly from the Mint at the time of issue. The Brand coin is now owned by Dr. Steven Duckor, the Norweb specimen by Dr. Thaine Price. Kruthoffer's specimen was also a gem and I have handled at least three others of that quality.

The 1909-S is almost always sharply struck and the mintmark is bold and well defined. (On at least one specimen-Norweb-the mintmark is widely double punched.) Nearly all Mint State examples are frosty but I have seen a few of the satiny variety. Lustre is generally very good to excellent and, overall, a nice 1909-S looks very much like a nice 1908-S or 1910-S. Most specimens have a rich coppery gold color although some are light to medium yellow gold.

Diameter: 21.60 millimeters Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 297,200 Weight: 8.24 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
20
545
2
45+
630
50+
690
53+
715
55+
835
58+
1,550
1
62+
7,000
1
63+
15,500
64+
31,500
1
65+
62,500
66+
110,000
67
145,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,766 R-4.6 4 / 24 4 / 24
60 or Better 333 R-6.3 3 / 24 3 / 24
65 or Better 7 R-9.6 8 / 24 8 / 24

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade Simpson collection
2 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Steven Duckor - Paramount "Auction '90" - Heritage 1/2002:8195 - Jim O'Neal - Heritage 1/2011

4 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 estimated grade