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: $300.58 (10/20/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 2717
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65


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10/21/2014 AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131442/Lot# 26046
11/15/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1215/Lot# 7459
11/15/2014 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1215/Lot# 7458


Auction Prices Realized

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9/23/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3337 $5,060.00
3/31/2008 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 234, 240/Lot# 1368 $333.50
3/21/2010 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2827, 2827/Lot# 2625 $575.00
5/3/2010 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The May 2010 Online Auction, 54/Lot# 909 $391.00
1/8/2012 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131203/Lot# 23652 $1,035.00
11/18/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131248/Lot# 24275 $594.55
12/2/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131250/Lot# 29104 $500.55
8/18/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/18/2013, 88/Lot# 116646 $371.80
9/14/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131438/Lot# 27499 $581.63


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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