1911-S $20 MS62

CERTIFICATION#: -35679
PCGS#: 9159

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $467.5

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1911-S is very comparable in overall rarity and condition rarity to the 1910-S. Below the gem (MS-65) level it is a decidedly common issue, and literally thousands of Mint State examples exist. In 1983, a hoard of several thousand examples of this issue was uncovered in Central America and many were of relatively high quality. The hoard also contained a number of gems. I have seen just a few pieces better than MS-65, none of which had anything close to the "eye appeal" of the best examples of 1908-S, 1910-S or even 1909-S.

The 1911-S is nearly always very sharply struck and the surfaces are finely granular and frosty. (I don't recall ever seeing a satiny one like the usual 1910-S.) Lustre is generally only average at best and often below average for the series. In fact, one is not likely to find a 1911-S with the lustre of the average 1910-S. Color is almost always very good; a light to medium orange gold color is standard.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: Augustus Saint Gaudens Edge: Lettered
Mintage: 775,750 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
6
1,405
1
8
1,410
10
1,415
12
1,420
15
1,425
20
1,430
1
30
1,440
2
35
1,440
2
40
1,450
4
45+
1,450
50
1,455
8
50+
1,455
53+
1,460
55+
1,495
58+
1,505
1
62+
1,655
3
63+
1,830
14
66+
26,500
1
67
75,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 38,333 R-2.6 33 / 49 TIE 36 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 19,000 R-2.8 32 / 49 TIE 34 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 1,350 R-4.8 35 / 49 38 / 54

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3275, $80,500

2 MS66+ PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Steven Duckor Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Bella Collection (PCGS Set Registry)