The Survival Estimate represents an average of one or more experts' opinions as to how many examples survive of a particular coin in three categories: 1) all grades, 2) 60 or better, and 3) 65 or better. These estimates are based on a variety of sources, including population reports, auction appearances, and personal knowledge. Survival estimates include coins that are raw, certified by PCGS, and certified by other grading services.
Numismatic Rarity converts the Survival Estimate for a particular coin into a number from 1 to 10 (with decimal increments) based on the PCGS Rarity Scale. The higher the number, the more rare the coin.
Relative Rarity By Type
Relative Rarity By Type ranks the rarity of this coin with all other coins of this Type. Lower numbers indicate rarer coins.
Relative Rarity By Series
Relative Rarity By Series ranks the rarity of this coin with all other coins of this Series. Lower numbers indicate rarer coins.
David Akers (1975/88):
Without a doubt, the 1911-D eagle is not only one of the rarest issues of the $10 series, it is one of the major rarities, both population-wise and condition-wise, of all 20th-century United States gold coins as well. The 1911-D cannot be easily located in any Mint State grade, not even MS-60, and above the most basic Mint State level, the population dwindles to almost nothing. The collector intent on obtaining an MS-64 or better specimen is probably in for a very long wait since just a few are known, most likely less than 10 such pieces in all. The finest known specimen by far is the Norweb specimen now owned by a prominent Eastern collector. It grades a full MS-67 and is, in fact, nearly perfect in all respects. Three others have strong claims to gem status including the Kruthoffer specimen, the Miles-Breen II sale coin, and the Dr. Steven Duckor example, although it is not certain that all three would be graded MS-65 by all parties.
This is the lowest mintage issue of the entire series. Most specimens are very sharply struck on the obverse, but the reverse is sometimes a bit less sharp, most noticeably at the juncture of the eagle's wing and breast and on its trailing leg. Overall, however, the typical 1911-D must be considered sharply struck. The surfaces are usually frosty and finely granular, and the lustre is only average for the series. A very few specimens, and I mean a few, have a slightly satiny texture. The color is nearly always light to medium orange gold with a greenish gold tint or highlights.
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