Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88)

With respect to both popualtion rarity and condition rarity, the 1915 is very similar to both the 1911 and 1914. It is not as rare overall or in gem condition as the 1909 and it is also not nearly as rare in gem condition as the 1913. Most Mint State examples grade in the MS-60 to 62 range, but MS-63 quality specimens are also available from time to time. Above MS-63, the 1915 is not seen very often, and gems are really very rare. A very few examples exist that are better than MS-65, including two that I have seen that could reasonably be graded "Superb," i.e. MS-67.

The 1915 is always very sharply struck. The surfaces usually have a satiny sheen to them and the lustre is invariably excellent. Color is also a strong point of this issue, usually a rich orange or coppery gold. From an overall "eye appeal" standpoint, the 1915 is an easy winner over the other Philadelphia Mint issues from 1908 With Motto to 1915; only the 1912 even comes close.


34.00 millimeters
Augustus Saint Gaudens
33.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Gold, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 10333 R-2.9 23 / 49 TIE 25 / 54 TIE
All Grades 6000 R-3.8 23 / 49 24 / 54
60 or Better 77 R-8.2 25 / 49 TIE 25 / 54 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade  
	PCGS #9167 (MS) 65+

David Akers, sold privately in 1985 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4625, $48,875 - Heritage 4/2013:4615, $51,406

1 MS65+ PCGS grade MS65+ PCGS grade

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

3 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

“Fox” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS65 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #9167 (MS) 65

Bob R. Simpson Collection

3 MS65 PCGS grade PCGS #9167 (MS)     65