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SERIES: Indian Head $10 1907-1933
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1911-D $10 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
8869
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Designer:
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Weight:
16.70 grams
Edge:
Raised Stars
Mintage:
30,100
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$195,500 • PCGS MS65 • 1-1-2007 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,650 R-4.7 6 / 27 TIE 8 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 275 R-6.5 4 / 27 TIE 5 / 32 TIE
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 1 / 27 TIE 1 / 32 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

4 MS64 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 6/2002:2318 - Bentley Shores Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4548, $67,562

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

4 MS64 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 6/2002:2318 - Bentley Shores Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4548, $67,562

4 MS64 PCGS grade  

Dr. Thaine Price - David Akers 5/1998:55, $49,500

4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): Without a doubt, the 1911-D eagle is not only one of the rarest issues of the $10 series, it is one of the major rarities, both population-wise and condition-wise, of all 20th-century United States gold coins as well. The 1911-D cannot be easily located in any Mint State grade, not even MS-60, and above the most basic Mint State level, the population dwindles to almost nothing. The collector intent on obtaining an MS-64 or better specimen is probably in for a very long wait since just a few are known, most likely less than 10 such pieces in all. The finest known specimen by far is the Norweb specimen now owned by a prominent Eastern collector. It grades a full MS-67 and is, in fact, nearly perfect in all respects. Three others have strong claims to gem status including the Kruthoffer specimen, the Miles-Breen II sale coin, and the Dr. Steven Duckor example, although it is not certain that all three would be graded MS-65 by all parties.

This is the lowest mintage issue of the entire series. Most specimens are very sharply struck on the obverse, but the reverse is sometimes a bit less sharp, most noticeably at the juncture of the eagle's wing and breast and on its trailing leg. Overall, however, the typical 1911-D must be considered sharply struck. The surfaces are usually frosty and finely granular, and the lustre is only average for the series. A very few specimens, and I mean a few, have a slightly satiny texture. The color is nearly always light to medium orange gold with a greenish gold tint or highlights.