1929 $5 MS64

CERTIFICATION#: -40538
PCGS#: 8533

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $20

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1929 is quite rare in any Mint State grade, and the majority of Uncirculated specimens are quite heavily bagmarked, thereby falling into the MS-60 to 62 category. Choice BU examples, i.e. MS-63 quality pieces, are very rare and this issue is almost never seen above that level. Trying to find an MS-64 is likely to be a frustrating task and the number of true gems (MS-65 coins) is very, very small. If anything exists that is better than MS-65 I have not seen or heard of it, although Dr. Steven Duckor's gem, the finest I have ever seen, might be called at least MS-65+ by some.

The 1929 is generally well struck, but some examples show a definite weakness on the obverse, particularly on the lowest feather of the headdress. On many specimens, an unusual line or indentation runs along the circumference inside the edge; it is most noticeable through the date and STATES OF on the reverse. Most examples of this final year of issue have very good to excellent lustre, frosty or sometimes moderately satiny surfaces, and color that is typically medium to deep yellow gold, often with a greenish tint.

Diameter: 21.60 millimeters Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 662,000 Weight: 8.24 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 783 R-5.4 1 / 24 1 / 24
60 or Better 600 R-5.8 6 / 24 6 / 24
65 or Better 16 R-9.3 10 / 24 10 / 24

Condition Census

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