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Popular 1908 Gem Sandblast Proof
Indian Head Quarter Eagle

1908 $2 1/2 PR65 PCGS. The year 1908 marked the debut of Bela Lyon Pratt's innovative (contemporary opponents might call it "radical") Indian Head designs for the quarter eagle and half eagle. After years of contrasted or brilliant proofs, the Mint introduced the matte (or sandblast) proof, to much public disdain. The coins were deeply colored with no brilliance or contrast, and most original examples have a distinctive brownish hue and "knife-rim or 'wire edge,' " according to the Breen Proof Encyclopedia.
The PCGS holder obscures the edge, but this no-questions proof displays both the characteristic razor-sharpness and the sparkling microscopic facets diagnostic of sandblast production. The only tiny distractions are a couple of small dark areas in the reverse field that serve more as pedigree identifiers. Although unpopular in its day, this first-year proof issue is quite popular today. Population: 25 in 65, 9 finer (6/09).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 289G, PCGS# 7957)

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Jul-Aug, 2009
31st-2nd
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