Estimated grade. Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $990
David Akers (1975/88): The 1915 is one of the more common issues of the series and is the easiest to locate in gem condition, other than the 1908. There are quite a few gems around as well as a small number of superb, nearly perfect quality examples. Nevertheless, the 1915, like all Indian head half eagles, still must be considered to be rare in MS-64 or higher grade. All Indian Head half eagles are rare in full MS-65 condition making this the rarest gold type of the 20th century by far.
Overall, this is one of the better looking issues of the series, and high grade ones are most often really attractive. The typical 1915 is very sharply struck with very finely granular surfaces, great lustre and superb color, usually rich greenish gold and orange although some coppery or reddish gold specimens also exist.