Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice
Florida United Numismatists (FUN) and New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) Auctions are rescheduled and have moved to Dallas. Get details.


    PR67 1911 Five Dollar
    Exquisite Matte Texture

    1911 $5 PR67 PCGS. CAC. After the matte finish of the proof 1908 quarter eagles and half eagles brought complaints from collectors accustomed to mirrored-field proofs, the Mint changed its process for 1909 and 1910. As recorded by Roger W. Burdette in his Renaissance of American Coinage 1905-1908, "Unlike the dull, or sandblast proofs made in 1908, the mint tried making the collectors' coins by striking the pieces on a medal press as was usually done for proofs, but with no post-striking treatment."
    The so-called "Roman Finish" coins of 1909 and 1910 did little to stifle complaints from the mirrored-finish partisans; instead, they created new gripes among those who favored matte proofs. William Woodin, the prominent numismatist who would later become Secretary of the Treasury, kept up a correspondence with Mint officials in which he decried the "Roman" proofs and asked for old-style matte proofs as a special favor. While Woodin's request was denied by a high-ranking member of the Treasury Department, the door was left open for the next year's proofs to have the dull matte finish.
    If matte proofs are an acquired taste, then this Superb Gem from 1911 is caviar. Deep mustard-gold color shows occasional hints of orange on fine-grained surfaces that are impressively preserved. The strike is strong, and neither side shows any individually mentionable distractions. A landmark specimen, one of five tied for finest certified by PCGS (8/11).(Registry values: N10218)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28E5, PCGS# 8542)

    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
    October, 2011
    13th-16th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,289

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    15% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 37 days left to consign to the 2021 May 5 - 7 Central States World Coins Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    The outcome of the auction far exceeded my best hopes and would not likely have been as successful with out your sound advice on where to present the coin and how best to set the reserve. Throughout the process your availability , support and knowledge were exceptional.
    Mike K.,
    Mahpopac, NY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search