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: $274.51 (8/28/2015)
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: 11/12/2014

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1911 S $5 MS
Base $ 435 445 455 485 550 590 620 650 825 1625 3600 6250 18750 56000 100000 - - - -
$ 575 600 640 685 900 1900 4250 7000 23750 72000 - - -

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Total Graded: 2694
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
3/26/1997 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0931, 931/Lot# 1774 $263.75
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2166 $13,915.00
5/6/2010 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 477, 483/Lot# 7602 $448.50
12/23/2012 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/23/2012, 54/Lot# 89425 $1,265.00
7/1/2013 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3437, 3437/Lot# 1842 $400.00
7/4/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21604 $440.63
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3972 $3,290.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1911 S $5 MS
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1413
Owner: Paris
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1413
Owner: Vespasian49
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