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1909 Indian Head Half Eagle Obverse     1909 Indian Head Half Eagle Reverse
 


1909 $5 OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8513, 8540

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 627,060
Proofs: 78

Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt

Diameter: 21.6 millimeters

Metal Content:
Gold - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, PA) left of the arrowheads on the reverse 

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Significant examples:
Proof "Roman Finish" (illustrated above).  Ex - Trompeter collection.

Proof "Satin Finish" (illustrated below).  Ex - Trompeter collection.

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 3732, sold for $9,200.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7672, illustrated, sold for $7,475.00  From the Violet Bancroft Collection

MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7145, illustrated, sold for $7,820.00

MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7146, illustrated, sold for $7,820.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 977, sold for $1,817.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 978, sold for $1,817.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 979, sold for $1,840.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 980, sold for $719.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7307, not illustrated, not sold

MS-60 Plus.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4051, not illustrated, sold for $287.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1789, plated, sold for $1,150.00

Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1188, not plated, sold for $201.25

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-66's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-67.

Sources and/or recommended reading:

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

1909 Indian Head Half Eagle Obverse     1909 Indian Head Half Eagle Reverse

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions