||1909-D $5 MS65 NGC. This issue's rank as the most plentiful date in the series ends at the MS65 grade level. While still one of the most available dates in high grades, at the Gem level the 1909-D is noticeably outnumbered by the 1908, an issue that benefits from moderate hoarding as a first-year issue. The 1909-D can be found in this grade with little difficulty when compared to most other issues in the series, but this should not be confused with high availability; fewer than 200 pieces have been encapsulated in this grade at NGC and PCGS combined, including resubmissions. This piece is fully deserving of this lofty grade, as the strike is needle-sharp and the luster is nearly undisturbed. Soft honey-gold hues and a few olive-gold overtones complete the appeal of this high-end branch mint type coin. Census: 77 in 65, 2 finer (8/14). Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $7637.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.