1911-S $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Head $5 1908-1929

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS #:
8522
Designer:
Bela Lyon Pratt
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.60 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
1,416,000
Mint:
San Francisco
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 4,083 R-4.1 12 / 24 TIE 12 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 1,366 R-4.8 11 / 24 11 / 24
65 or Better 12 R-9.5 9 / 24 9 / 24
Survival Estimate
All Grades 4,083
60 or Better 1,366
65 or Better 12
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.1
60 or Better R-4.8
65 or Better R-9.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 12 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 11 / 24
65 or Better 9 / 24
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 12 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 11 / 24
65 or Better 9 / 24

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Col. E.H.R. Green - King Farouk of Egypt - Sotheby's "Palace Collection" 2/1954 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 10/23/1997:1106, $66,000

2 MS65+ PCGS grade  
	PCGS #8522 (MS) 65+

Bob R. Simpson Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
9 MS64 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:1505, $17,250

10 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Col. E.H.R. Green - King Farouk of Egypt - Sotheby's "Palace Collection" 2/1954 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 10/23/1997:1106, $66,000

 
	PCGS #8522 (MS) 65+ 
#2 MS65+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

MS65 PCGS grade #2 MS65 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#9 MS64 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:1505, $17,250

#10 MS64 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): With such a high mintage figure (second only to the common 1909-D) one might reasonably expect the 1911-S to be fairly common in Mint State. That is most certainly not the case, however, and the 1911-S is actually very difficult to find even in MS-60 to 62 condition. In MS-63 or better, this issue is almost never seen and the 1911-S is virtually on a par rarity-wise at this level with the 1909-S and 1910-S. A small number of gems are known but I am unaware of anything that would grade MS-65+, much less MS-67. All in all, this is one of the most underrated issues of the series, if not the entire spectrum of 20th-century United States gold coins.

This issue is usually very well struck although some specimens are a little weak on the Indian's feathered headdress, particularly the tips of the bottom four feathers. The lustre is decent but not as good as on the preceeding San Francisco Mint issues. It is superior, however, to the lustre on the typical 1911, 1911-D, 1912-S, and all but a few examples of the 1913-S. The 1911-S is always frosty, never satiny, and the color is usually a light to medium orange gold, often with a greenish gold tint. The mintmark is usually (but not always) sharp and well defined.