1911-S $5 MS65 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. This San Francis...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1911-S Five Dollar, MS65
1911-S $5 MS65 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. This San Francisco issue
is usually available in Mint State, but seldom in grades finer than
MS63. In MS65, the 1911-S becomes an incredible rarity. In their
gold Encyclopedia, Garrett and Guth write, "In gem MS-65 or
finer, this date is not appreciated for its rarity ... " Since our
Permanent Auction Archives began in 1993, we have handled a Gem or
better 1911-S five dollar on only 11 prior occasions, the most
recent of which was in the 2011 FUN Signature. Such is the rarity
of this issue at the Gem grade level.
Condition Census Rarity
Underrated in This Grade
We are privileged to be able to offer the Simpson Gem here. The coin is boldly struck and exceptionally well-preserved, with luminous orange-gold surfaces that yield whispers of lilac tinting in the fields. Neither side exhibits bothersome abrasions, earning this coin high marks for eye appeal. Without doubt, this piece qualifies for the Condition Census of 1911-S half eagles and is a coin that advanced collectors of Indian Head gold should not pass by. Population: 7 in 65 (1 in 65+), 1 finer (4/20).
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25ZM, PCGS# 8522)
Weight: 8.36 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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