Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Head $2.50 (1908-1929)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 55,680
Catalog: KM-128
Obverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Reverse Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $127.39 (11/27/2015)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1911 D $2.5 MS obverse 1911 D $2.5 MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: This date is the undisputed “KEY” to the series. Because of its low mintage and survival rate, this date brings a healthy price in circulated condition. The 1911–D Indian Head Quarter Eagle has by far the lowest mintage and it seems that surprisingly few were saved. The issue is usually well struck and is peculiar in that nearly every genuine example is seen with a pronounced wire rim on the obverse. This feature is a diagnostic of the date, and is even seen on examples that have a very weak D mint mark. It is recommended to avoid the weak D examples of this date. The resale value is usually quite soft. The 1911–D is not the rarest Indian Head Quarter Eagle in MS 65 condition, but it is certainly the most expensive. The date is extremely rare in superb condition. Just two examples have been graded by NGC at that level (11/12).


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/29/2015

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1911 D $2.5 MS
Base $ 575 700 1050 1900 3800 4500 5200 5700 7350 9900 11000 18300 27500 69000 230000 - - - -
$ 4100 - - - - - 12500 20000 36750 - - - -

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Total Graded: 4972
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
11/14/2004 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1961, 1961/Lot# 1949 $3,300.00
5/4/2005 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 8521 $19,550.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1345 $10,378.75
5/30/2010 NGC MS 64   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 2129 $24,570.00
5/29/2011 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1399 $6,325.00
3/8/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1168/Lot# 3979 $6,900.00
2/22/2013 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 2149 $9,987.50
8/30/2013 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3375 $6,462.50
7/6/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 203012 $3,750.00
8/12/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1223/Lot# 6094 $4,230.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1911 D $2.5 MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 10389
Owner: H.I.M.
Grade: MS 64
Points: 10389
Owner: SSGI
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