1911-D $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Head $5 1908-1929

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS #:
8521
Designer:
Bela Lyon Pratt
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.60 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
72,500
Mint:
Denver
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 2,166 R-4.5 5 / 24 5 / 24
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 2 / 24 2 / 24
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 4 / 24 TIE 4 / 24 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,166
60 or Better 250
65 or Better 4
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.5
60 or Better R-6.6
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 5 / 24
60 or Better 2 / 24
65 or Better 4 / 24 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 5 / 24
60 or Better 2 / 24
65 or Better 4 / 24 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade  PCGS #8521 (MS)     65+

Heritage 8/2004:7386, $166,750 - Jim O'Neal Collection of $5 Indians - Heritage 1/2011:5144, $299,000

2 MS65 PCGS grade  
	MS65 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 8/2006:4288, $241,500 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

3 MS65 estimated grade

National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

4 MS64+ PCGS grade  
	MS64+ PCGS grade

US Gold from a prominent midwestern family collection - Goldbergs 6/2016:1595, $152,750 - Heritage 4/2017:4285), $164,500

5 MS64 PCGS grade PCGS #8521 (MS)     64
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
 PCGS #8521 (MS)     65+ #1 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2004:7386, $166,750 - Jim O'Neal Collection of $5 Indians - Heritage 1/2011:5144, $299,000

 
	MS65 PCGS grade 
#2 MS65 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 8/2006:4288, $241,500 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

#3 MS65 estimated grade

National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

 
	MS64+ PCGS grade 
#4 MS64+ PCGS grade

US Gold from a prominent midwestern family collection - Goldbergs 6/2016:1595, $152,750 - Heritage 4/2017:4285), $164,500

PCGS #8521 (MS)     64 #5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): This issue may be the prime rarity among all 20th-century United States gold coin issues in MS-64 or better condition. (Only the 1914-S $5 rivals it.) I have seen only one piece, a coin now owned by Dr. Steven Duckor, with any claim to gem status and it is really probably only a high end MS-64 example by today's standards. The Miguel Munoz sale (1978) coin, there graded MS-65, also falls a bit short of gem status. No unconditional MS-65 is known to me and certainly nothing better. Even in MS-63 the issue is extremely rare with only seven or eight pieces known at most. In my opinion, this issue is more rare than any Indian Head $10 or collectible Saint-Gaudens $20 in MS-64 or better! Think about it. There are gem quality examples known of the 1911-D, 1913-S and 1920-S eagles, gems of the 1921 and 1920-S Saints, but nothing of comparable quality known of the 1911-D half eagle. I rest my case.

The 1911-D is always well struck with a well defined and fairly bold mintmark. (The mintmark is more like that on a 1908-D than on a 1910-D, however, in that its relief is not very high.) The surfaces are usually quite granular and the lustre is below average for the series. Overall, the relatively few Mint State examples of this issue look very much like the quarter eagles of the same date and mint. Color is typically a light to medium orange gold, sometimes with a greenish or greenish yellow tint.