1908-D $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Head $5 1908-1929

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
8511
Designer:
Bela Lyon Pratt
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.60 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
148,000
Mint:
Denver
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
	MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2006:3419, $74,750 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade  
	MS65 PCGS grade

Albert Fairchild Holden Collection, acquired directly from the Denver Mint in 1908 - Norweb Collection, Part I - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:975 - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2006:1038 - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2006:1643 - Jim O'Neal Collection of $5 Indians - Heritage 1/2011:5134 - Harbor View Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 10/2015:70, not sold

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
 
	MS65 PCGS grade 
#2 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2006:3419, $74,750 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

 
	MS65 PCGS grade 
#2 MS65 PCGS grade

Albert Fairchild Holden Collection, acquired directly from the Denver Mint in 1908 - Norweb Collection, Part I - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:975 - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2006:1038 - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2006:1643 - Jim O'Neal Collection of $5 Indians - Heritage 1/2011:5134 - Harbor View Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 10/2015:70, not sold

#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
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.