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1916-S $5 Indian Gold Half Eagle Coin PCGS MS61 (Fairmont Collection)

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Introducing the remarkable 1916-S $5 Indian Gold Half Eagle coin, a true piece of American history. This coin holds a special place as one of the first in the United States to feature an indigenous figure on its front, and it was also the very first incuse-struck American coin. You can now own a piece of this history, as these 1916-S $5 Indian Gold Half Eagle Coins are available for purchase online in certified condition from BGASC.


  • Coins come securely housed in PCGS plastic slabs!
  • This coin represents the 9th date in the $5 Indian Gold Half Eagle series!
  • Produced by the San Francisco Mint!
  • A part of the prestigious Fairmont Collection!
  • Contains .242 Troy ounces of actual gold content.
  • Carries a face value of $5 (USD) from the United States.
  • Graded as Mint State 61 by the Professional Coin Grading Service.
  • The obverse side features a dignified indigenous figure.
  • The reverse showcases the iconic American bald eagle.

These 1916-S $5 Indian Gold Half Eagle Coins are available in Mint State 61 condition. Coins with this grade may exhibit diminished mint luster with visible contact marks scattered across the field.


On the obverse side of the 1916-S $5 Indian Gold Half Eagle, you’ll find a left-profile bust of a tribal figure. This indigenous figure wears a tribal headdress and is struck incuse into the coin’s surface, a pioneering feature among American coins.


Flipping the coin to its reverse side, you’ll encounter the majestic American bald eagle. The eagle is depicted with its wings folded at its side while perched on a sheaf of arrows. The sheaf is wrapped in an olive branch, symbolizing the balance between war and peace.


The story of Indian Gold Half Eagles began in 1908 when the United States Mint first introduced them. Despite being available for only ten different years, these coins were minted by four different branches of the US Mint. Notably, the 1909-O issue was exclusively produced by the New Orleans Mint.

The 1916 Indian Half Eagle holds a unique place in history as it marked the final release before a significant hiatus. During World War I, gold coin production by the US Mint was suspended. In 1916, only the San Francisco Mint struck these coins, with a total release of just 240,000 pieces.


For any inquiries or assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to BGASC’s dedicated customer service at 888-992-4272.

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Year 1916
Condition MS61
Grading Service PCGS
Mint Mark S - San Francisco
Metals Purity .900
Producer US Mint
Thickness 1.59 mm
Diameter 21.6 mm
Condition United States
Denomination $5
Country Brilliant Uncirculated
Designer (Obverse) Bela Lyon Pratt
Designer (Reverse) Bela Lyon Pratt
Edge Style Reeded
Product Series Indian Half Eagle
Certificate of Authenticity No
Packaging Dimensions 3.4 x 2.4 x 0.4
Metal Content .2418 Troy Ounces
Shipping Orders over $199 Ship Free
Packaging PCGS Plastic Slab

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