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    1911-D Half Eagle, MS64
    Important Condition Rarity

    1911-D $5 MS64 PCGS. The 1911-D half eagle resides in the shadows of its little brother, the 1911-D quarter eagle. However, this half eagle issue is also a rarity that is especially elusive in better grades. The mintage was 72,500 coins, and only a few of those survive in MS60 or finer grades, and this issue is extremely rare in Choice Mint State quality. Mike Fuljenz writes in Indian Gold Coins of the 20th Century:

    "While the similarly dated quarter eagle is a much better known issue, the 1911-D half eagle is a far rarer coin in high grades. It is the fourth rarest Indian Head half eagle in Gem Uncirculated, trailing only the 1912-S, 1913-S, and 1914-S, and it must be considered among the prime rarities among all 20th century United States gold coinage in MS65 and higher grades."

    This piece is well struck as usual and exhibits a full, bold mintmark. Unlike the typical issue, this piece has brilliant yellow luster and smooth surfaces, rather than the normal granular surfaces seen on most 1911-D half eagles. Like the few other high grade pieces, this one has light orange-gold luster with blue-green overtones.

    According to the Condition Census at PCGS Coin Facts, this piece is tied for the fifth finest 1911-D half eagle. The four finer pieces include PCGS certified coins graded, MS65+, MS65, and MS64+, along with an uncertified example that is a part of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. Population: 19 in 64 (1 in 64+), 2 finer (12/19).(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 28DR, PCGS# 8521)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2020
    8th-12th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 18
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