One of the most conditionally challenging Indian eagles, the 1912-S (300,000 coins struck) can be difficult to locate even at the BU grade level. This warmly patinated, reddish-khaki survivor is free of both wear and noteworthy abrasions. The outward appearance is actually quite smooth in the context of the assigned grade, there being only light, wispy handling marks scattered about. A couple of faint hairlines over and before the obverse portrait are noted for accuracy. According to Jeff Ambio in the 2008 revision to David W. Akers' book A Handbook of 20th Century United States Gold Coins: 1907-1933, the 1912-S ranks 12 of 32 in absolute Mint State rarity for the Indian eagle series.