1911 $5 AU50

CERTIFICATION#: -35448
PCGS#: 8520

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $165

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1911 is one of the most common issues of the type, and examples in the MS-60 to 63 range are obtainable with some regularity. In MS-64, however, the 1911 is rare but still obtainable with some searching. True gems are very difficult to find and superb quality pieces, although a few do exist, are nearly impossible to locate. Note: Only the 1908 can be found in MS-65 on a fairly regular basis. Although "common" by the standards of this extremely "difficult" series, the 1911 is certainly not common in gem condition in any absolute sense.

Like the quarter eagle of the same date, the 1911 half eagle is usually not really well struck, particularly on the obverse where some of the feathers in the headdress are weak. The surfaces are typically quite granular and the lustre is only good at best, never radiant. Color is generally light to medium yellow or greenish yellow gold but some pale orange gold examples are also known.

Diameter: 21.60 millimeters Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 915,000 Weight: 8.24 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
1
585
2
505
3
410
1
6
420
8
425
1
10
430
15
440
1
25
450
5
30
455
4
35
460
15
45+
465
50+
465
1
53+
465
55+
525
58+
525
2
65+
22,500
3
66
52,500
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 32,166 R-2.6 21 / 24 TIE 21 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 20,666 R-2.7 21 / 24 TIE 21 / 24 TIE
65 or Better 135 R-7.6 19 / 24 TIE 19 / 24 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade