1929 was the final issue of Bela Lyon Pratt's $5 Indian series, and saw a mintage of 662,000 pieces; however, the vast majority were either unissued or turned in and melted down in the 1930s. A key date issue in all grades, it is quite rare in all Mint State grades, and anything MS63 or finer is a major find for the specialist collector. The first example of a 1929 half eagle to sell in auction was in 1936, numismatists even back then realized the importance of this date. The present specimen is particularly nice for the assigned grade, with lovely, original surfaces.
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