1911 $5 AU58 Certification #38907110, PCGS #8520

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88)

The 1911 is one of the most common issues of the type, and examples in the MS-60 to 63 range are obtainable with some regularity. In MS-64, however, the 1911 is rare but still obtainable with some searching. True gems are very difficult to find and superb quality pieces, although a few do exist, are nearly impossible to locate. Note: Only the 1908 can be found in MS-65 on a fairly regular basis. Although "common" by the standards of this extremely "difficult" series, the 1911 is certainly not common in gem condition in any absolute sense.

Like the quarter eagle of the same date, the 1911 half eagle is usually not really well struck, particularly on the obverse where some of the feathers in the headdress are weak. The surfaces are typically quite granular and the lustre is only good at best, never radiant. Color is generally light to medium yellow or greenish yellow gold but some pale orange gold examples are also known.
PCGS #
8520
Designer
Bela Lyon Pratt
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
21.60 millimeters
Weight
8.36 grams
Mintage
915000
Metal
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
6647
Pop Lower
1270
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 32166 R-2.6 21 / 24 TIE 21 / 24 TIE
All Grades 20666 R-2.7 21 / 24 TIE 21 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 135 R-7.6 19 / 24 TIE 19 / 24 TIE
65 or Better 32166
All Grades 20666
60 or Better 135
65 or Better R-2.6
All Grades R-2.7
60 or Better R-7.6
65 or Better 21 / 24 TIE
All Grades 21 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 19 / 24 TIE
65 or Better 21 / 24 TIE
All Grades 21 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 19 / 24 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS65+ PCGS grade MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2016:5522, $16,450 - D.L. Hansen Collection

3 MS65+ PCGS grade
3 MS65+ PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
MS65+ PCGS grade #3 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2016:5522, $16,450 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#3 MS65+ PCGS grade
#3 MS65+ PCGS grade