1909-S $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Head $5 1908-1929

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
8516
Designer:
Bela Lyon Pratt
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.60 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
297,200
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Virgil Brand Collection, believed to have been obtained directly from the San Francisco Mint in the year of issue - Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - David Akers “Auction ‘90” 8/1990:1804, $77,000 - Superior 3/2000:918, $48,875

2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:981 - Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:22, $44,000 - Simpson Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2002:8195, not sold - Jim O'Neal Collection of $5 Indians - Heritage 1/2011:5139, $103,500

4 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS65 estimated grade
7 MS64+ PCGS grade
7 MS64+ PCGS grade
10 MS64 PCGS grade
67 MS64+ PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Virgil Brand Collection, believed to have been obtained directly from the San Francisco Mint in the year of issue - Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - David Akers “Auction ‘90” 8/1990:1804, $77,000 - Superior 3/2000:918, $48,875

MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:981 - Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:22, $44,000 - Simpson Collection

#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2002:8195, not sold - Jim O'Neal Collection of $5 Indians - Heritage 1/2011:5139, $103,500

#4 MS65 PCGS grade
#4 MS65 PCGS grade
#4 MS65 estimated grade
#7 MS64+ PCGS grade
#7 MS64+ PCGS grade
#10 MS64 PCGS grade
#67 MS64+ PCGS grade
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.