1911 $2.50 MS64 Certification #04812878, PCGS #7942

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88)

Overall, the 1911 is similar in terms of rarity to the other early Philadelphia Mint issues (except for the 1908 which is much less rare and the 1914 which is much more rare), meaning that it is scarce but far from rare. Anything up to MS-63 can be obtained without real difficulty, but MS-64 specimens are certainly hard to find. Gems are surprisingly rare, about on a par with those of 1910 and many times as rare as the 1908 or any of the late date issues except for the unappreciated 1929. A few superb quality specimens exist but they are extremely rare.

The 1911 is usually quite different in appearance from the previous issues, more granular, less lustrous and a slightly different color, typically tending more to the greenish orange color of gold. (There are a few specimens, however, that are light to medium yellow gold.) Strike varies greatly on this issue, but most are only average at best and some show a slight weakness in the bonnet at the tips of the feathers. The reverse is usually sharp, and the occasional specimen is well struck on both the obverse and reverse.
PCGS #
7942
Designer
Bela Lyon Pratt
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
18.00 millimeters
Weight
4.18 grams
Mintage
704000
Metal
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
242
Pop Lower
7806
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 40666 R-2.5 8 / 15 TIE 8 / 15 TIE
All Grades 25166 R-2.7 6 / 15 TIE 6 / 15 TIE
60 or Better 253 R-6.6 6 / 15 6 / 15
65 or Better 40666
All Grades 25166
60 or Better 253
65 or Better R-2.5
All Grades R-2.7
60 or Better R-6.6
65 or Better 8 / 15 TIE
All Grades 6 / 15 TIE
60 or Better 6 / 15
65 or Better 8 / 15 TIE
All Grades 6 / 15 TIE
60 or Better 6 / 15

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS65+ PCGS grade MS65+ PCGS grade
2 MS65+ PCGS grade PCGS #7942 (MS)     65+
2 MS65+ PCGS grade MS65+ PCGS grade
2 MS65+ PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
MS65+ PCGS grade #2 MS65+ PCGS grade
PCGS #7942 (MS)     65+ #2 MS65+ PCGS grade
MS65+ PCGS grade #2 MS65+ PCGS grade
#2 MS65+ PCGS grade