1908-S $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Head $5 1908-1929

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
8512
Designer:
Bela Lyon Pratt
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.60 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
82,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - 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 1,666 R-4.7 3 / 24 3 / 24
60 or Better 716 R-5.5 9 / 24 9 / 24
65 or Better 140 R-7.6 19 / 24 TIE 19 / 24 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,666
60 or Better 716
65 or Better 140
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.7
60 or Better R-5.5
65 or Better R-7.6
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 3 / 24
60 or Better 9 / 24
65 or Better 19 / 24 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 3 / 24
60 or Better 9 / 24
65 or Better 19 / 24 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade

Previously in the collection of David Akers, per Legend Numismatics - Heritage 7/2005:10366, not sold - Jim O'Neal Collection - Heritage 1/2011:5135 (as PCGS MS68 18307662), $126,500 - Simpson Collection

2 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 estimated grade
10 MS66 PCGS grade
MS68 PCGS grade #1 MS68 PCGS grade

Previously in the collection of David Akers, per Legend Numismatics - Heritage 7/2005:10366, not sold - Jim O'Neal Collection - Heritage 1/2011:5135 (as PCGS MS68 18307662), $126,500 - Simpson Collection

MS67 PCGS grade #2 MS67 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

#2 MS67 PCGS grade
MS67 PCGS grade #2 MS67 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 estimated grade
#10 MS66 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): The 1908-S is not as rare, relatively speaking, as its low mintage would imply but it is still reasonably difficult to locate in MS-63 or better condition. There are more gems of this issue around than any of the other branch mint Indian Head half eagle and there are also a small number of really exceptional, nearly perfect specimens. The Virgil Brand hoard contained a number of gems as well as several superb pieces. In summary, this date is hard to find but not nearly as much so as many less publicized issues of the series.

The 1908-S can be one of the prettiest issues of the series. Most specimens have very good to excellent lustre and the color is typically reddish gold or coppery. There are also a number of specimens that have rich greenish gold or bright yellow gold color. The strike on a 1908-S is invariably sharp and the mintmark well defined. There are two basic surface finishes for this issue (the same is true for the 1908-S $10 and $20), satiny and "soft" frosty, the latter finish predominating by a wide margin.