1912-S $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Head $5 1908-1929

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS #:
8524
Designer:
Bela Lyon Pratt
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.60 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
392,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
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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 2,750 R-4.4 6 / 24 TIE 6 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 4 / 24 4 / 24
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 3 / 24 3 / 24
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,750
60 or Better 400
65 or Better 2
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.4
60 or Better R-6.2
65 or Better R-9.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 6 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 4 / 24
65 or Better 3 / 24
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 6 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 4 / 24
65 or Better 3 / 24

Condition Census What Is This?

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

Jim O'Neal Collection - Heritage 1/2011, $195,500 - Bob R. Simpson Collectio

2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
MS65 PCGS grade #1 MS65 PCGS grade

Jim O'Neal Collection - Heritage 1/2011, $195,500 - Bob R. Simpson Collectio

#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): If one considers overall appearance or "eye appeal" as part of the grade, then the 1912-S could possibly be considered the rarest Indian Head half eagle in MS-64 of better condition because it is all but impossible to find a really attractive one. Actually, any Mint State 1912-S is rare and, above MS-63, the issue is almost impossible to locate. A few MS-65 gems do exist but I have never seen one any better than that.

The 1912-S is one of the most poorly made, if not the absolute most poorly made, gold issues of the 20th century. The Mint had serious die problems for this isssue and nearly all specimens have a nearly invisible, amorphous mintmark and below-average lustre. In addition, the dies usually show signs of deterioration near the rims and the overall result is not very pleasing to the eye. The only positive thing one can say is that the color of a typical 1912-S is usually quite good, light to medium orange gold being the most common, although rich yellow gold examples exist as well. Note: On a very, very few specimens, the mintmark is sharp and well defined and the strike and lustre are very good, almost up to the standards of the 1909-S and 1910-S, if not the 1908-S.