1911-S $10 MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 06666123
PCGS#: 8870

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): Most known Mint State 1911-S eagles come from one small hoard that was uncovered in Europe in the late 1970s. The coins from the hoard are generally quite choice and have a similar overall appearance. The typical specimen is fully struck with a sharp, partial wire edge on the obverse. The color is a light to medium orange gold, often with iridescent greenish gold highlights. The surfaces are very finely granular and are basically frosty altgough a few specimens have definite satiny tendencies. Lustre is, without exception, very good to excellent. Most specimens have a semicircular "roughness" in the field to the left of the date, sometimes actually affecting the date. Some examples also have rather prominent "lintmarks" usually in the left obverse field.

Until the discovery of the aforementioned hoard, which amounted to approximately 40 to 50 pieces, the 1911-S was virtually impossible to find in Mint State. The relatively few Uncirculated examples around were nearly all in the MS-60 to 62 range and a 1911-S in MS-63 or better condition was a major rarity. That, of course, is not the case today, since most of the coins in the hoard were MS-63 or better and some were solid gems. By today's very strict grading standards, however, I doubt if any would grade better than MS-65, and I also do not know of any in the "superb" MS-67 category from any earlier source.

Diameter: 26.80 millimeters Designer: Augustus Saint Gaudens Edge: Raised Stars
Mintage: 51,000 Weight: 16.70 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
20
845
25
860
30
875
1
35
895
1
40
965
7
45+
995
50+
1,185
53+
1,250
55+
1,850
58+
2,850
62+
7,650
63+
12,000
2
64+
16,500
1
65+
28,500

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 900 R-5.2 4 / 27 6 / 32
60 or Better 275 R-6.5 4 / 27 TIE 5 / 32 TIE
65 or Better 55 R-8.4 14 / 27 16 / 32

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade Simpson Collection
1 MS66 PCGS grade David Akers - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 4/2006:3890, $34,500
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2003:10534 - Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3175 - Bentley Shores Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4549, $44,062

1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade