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

1915 $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
8530
Diameter:
21.60 millimeters
Designer:
Bela Lyon Pratt
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
588,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$27,500 • PCGS MS65 • 8-11-1990 • David Akers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 21,666 R-2.7 19 / 24 TIE 19 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 13,666 R-2.9 17 / 24 TIE 17 / 24 TIE
65 or Better 103 R-7.9 17 / 24 TIE 17 / 24 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade
1 MS65+ PCGS grade  
1 MS65+ PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade
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1 MS65+ PCGS grade  
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4 MS65 PCGS grade
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David Akers (1975/88): The 1915 is one of the more common issues of the series and is the easiest to locate in gem condition, other than the 1908. There are quite a few gems around as well as a small number of superb, nearly perfect quality examples. Nevertheless, the 1915, like all Indian head half eagles, still must be considered to be rare in MS-64 or higher grade. All Indian Head half eagles are rare in full MS-65 condition making this the rarest gold type of the 20th century by far.

Overall, this is one of the better looking issues of the series, and high grade ones are most often really attractive. The typical 1915 is very sharply struck with very finely granular surfaces, great lustre and superb color, usually rich greenish gold and orange although some coppery or reddish gold specimens also exist.