Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $5 (1908-1929)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,416,000
Catalog: KM-129
Obverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Reverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $312.27 (8/20/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1911 S $5 MS obverse 1911 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Produced in sizeable numbers (1.4 million pieces) for the series, the 1911-S actually boasts the highest mintage among Indian Half Eagles after the 1909-D. Whereas the '09-D is a relatively easy coin to obtain in most Mint State grades, the '11-S is scarce to rare at all levels of Uncirculated preservation. At and above the Select BU threshold, the latter issue is equally as elusive as such lower mintage dates in this series as the 1909-S and 1910-S. Despite the verity of these statements, they are not well known to casual collectors. Indeed, the 1911-S Indian Half Eagle is one of the most underappreciated condition rarities in all of the 20th century U.S. gold series.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/14/2014

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1911 S $5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 435 445 455 485 550 550 590 620 650 825 1000 1625 3375 6150 18750 56000 100000 - - - -
$ 575 600 640 685 900 1100 1900 3975 6900 23750 72000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2712
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65


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9/6/2014 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1209/Lot# 4466


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12/19/2001 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21113, 21113/Lot# 3545 $245.00
3/2/2004 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24032, 24032/Lot# 13789 $500.25
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 964 $690.00
10/21/2008 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #28104, 28104/Lot# 24402 $431.25
5/3/2010 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The May 2010 Online Auction, 54/Lot# 908 $396.75
1/2/2012 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 650, 657/Lot# 435 $678.50
9/3/2012 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3340, 3340/Lot# 2175 $425.00
6/5/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1186/Lot# 5764 $2,702.50
7/7/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 106671 $356.27


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1911 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base920102110391057107510841092110112261305141314832056283940556861963110617114613519661027105643
9531027104510631078108610951142125213411436167423173244499077849959108981937243806758990
0000001095114212521341143616742317324449907784995910898193724380600
00000010981184127813771459186525783649592587071028811179272845241600
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1413
Owner: Paris
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1413
Owner: Vespasian49
 
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