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SERIES: Indian Head $2 1/2 1908-1929
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1909 $2.50 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
7940
Diameter:
18.00 millimeters
Designer:
Bela Lyon Pratt
Weight:
4.18 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
441,760
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$21,850 • PCGS MS66 • 7-1-2008 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 23,666 R-2.7 3 / 15 TIE 3 / 15 TIE
60 or Better 14,333 R-2.9 3 / 15 TIE 3 / 15 TIE
65 or Better 350 R-6.3 9 / 15 9 / 15
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1 MS66 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

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David Akers (1975/88): In lower Mint State grades, the 1909 is scarce but certainly not rare and it is not particularly difficult to locate specimens in the MS-60 to 63 range. The population thins out rapidly after that, however, and true gems are really very hard to find. There are some superb pieces around but not very many.

Most Mint State specimens are well struck and there is none of the lack of feather definition on the eagle that is standard on the 1908. The lustre is almost always very good, and really choice specimens are often very similar in overall appearance to the satin finish Proofs of the year. Many others, however, are fully frosty. Color is typically a light to medium yellow gold.