Warmly patinated, honey gold surfaces with a few glints of russet color that are largely out of the way near the borders. Minimally abraded and, in fact, revealing no sizeable or otherwise outwardly distracting marks. The O mintmark is a trifle soft, yet still fully outlined and readily evident to the unaided eye; the balance of the devices retain bold to sharp definition in the absence of all but light wear. A classic key date in the series and the final gold issue from the New Orleans Mint. Just 34,200 examples of the date were struck, that figure less than half of that of the next lowest mintage figure in the series, the 1911-D; perhaps only the 1929 rarity commands more respect among Indian half eagle specialists.
The 1929, rarer overall, is nearly always seen in Mint State. In contrast, the 1909-O usually shows circulation, sometimes extensive.