1911-D Indian Half Eagle. MS-63 (PCGS).This example offers seldom seen quality for this low mintage, key date from the challenging Indian half eagle series of 1908 to 1929. Vivid honey-apricot surfaces exhibit full, softly frosted mint luster. Well struck and virtually full with a crisp D mintmark.
At the time the 72,500 half eagles of this date were struck at the Denver Mint, numismatists were still just beginning to appreciate mintmarks. Many collectors, especially those who preferred more traditional avenues for collecting, opted for Proof examples of a particular year. The 1911-D coins were largely ignored when they entered commerce, and unlike many of the other larger denomination gold coins at the time, this issue did not have extended sojourns in overseas banks. Rather, based on the number of circulated examples that survive, a significant portion saw active commercial use, and were further reduced in quantity by the large scale Treasury melts of the late 1930s.
Second only to the 1909-O in terms of rarity and popularity, the 1911-D has long since gained appreciation as the key date Indian half eagle that it is. While moderately available at the higher circulated grades, in Mint State the issue becomes a remarkable condition rarity. Most surviving Uncirculated specimens are at the very lowest end of the scale and seldom found Choice. Gem examples are prohibitively rare, leaving premium Choice Mint State pieces in very high demand. Expect spirited bidding when this coin crosses the block; a strong bidding strategy is recommended.PCGS# 8521. NGC ID: 28DR.<strong>To view all items from the Fairmont Collection-Kronen Set, click<a href="https://auctions.stacksbowers.com/lots?search=fairmont+collection&parent_category=1-11EIQ&lots_range=upcoming"target=’_blank’> here.</a></strong>.From the Fairmont Collection - Kronen Set.