Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88)

Like all the Philadelphia Mint issues from 1908 With Motto to 1915 (except the relatively common 1910), the 1911 is a very underrated coin, particularly in high grade. Most known Mint State examples are low quality, i.e. MS-60 to MS-62, and even at the MS-63 level, the 1911 is only seen infrequently. In MS-64, this issue is very rare and gems number in the 12 to 15 range at most. I have only seen a couple of MS-67 quality examples of this issue so it is obviously a major rarity better than MS-65.

The 1911 is nearly always sharply struck. The surfaces are usually frosty and slightly granular, and lustre is only average at best and often below average for the series. Color is basically the same for every specimen I have seen, a light to medium orange gold, sometimes with a light greenish tint.
Diameter
34.00 millimeters
Designer
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Edge
Lettered
Mintage
197200
Weight
33.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
0
Pop Lower
3037
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 14000 R-2.9 23 / 49 TIE 25 / 54 TIE
All Grades 8166 R-3.3 26 / 49 28 / 54
60 or Better 175 R-7.2 29 / 49 29 / 54

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
	MS67 PCGS grade

David Akers - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4615, $184,000 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

2 MS66+ PCGS grade  
	MS66+ PCGS grade

“Bella” Collection - “A&A Saints” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

“Fox” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66+ PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Stephen Stokely Collection, Part V - Heritage 7/2008:2095, $37,375 - Jay Brahin Collection - Stack's/Bowers 1/2013:13349, $42,300