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SERIES: Indian Head $5 1908-1929
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1912 $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
8523
Diameter:
21.60 millimeters
Designer:
Bela Lyon Pratt
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
790,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$36,800 • PCGS MS64 • 5-27-2009 • Ira & Larry Goldberg
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 36,000 R-2.6 21 / 24 TIE 21 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 23,333 R-2.7 21 / 24 TIE 21 / 24 TIE
65 or Better 110 R-7.9 17 / 24 TIE 17 / 24 TIE
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David Akers (1975/88): The 1912 is not especially rare in the lower Mint State grades and can be obtained quite readily in MS-63 or lesser condition. But, as it does for nearly all the Indian Head $5 issues, the picture changes dramatically in MS-64 or better grade. In MS-64, the 1912 is seldom available and true gems are very rare and almost never seen. A very few really superb (MS-67) examples exist but a 1912 (or any Indian head $5 for that matter) is a major rarity at that level.

Almost without exception, the 1912 is very sharply struck with very good to excellent lustre, usually the latter. The surfaces are somewhat granular and the color is most often a light to medium yellow gold, often with a distictive greenish cast.