1911 $2 1/2 PR66 PCGS....
Wonderful 1911 Quarter Eagle, PR661911 $2 1/2 PR66 PCGS. The first coins of Bela Lyon Pratt's design were issued in 1908. At that time, the Philadelphia Mint was experimenting with a new proof finish, and only sandblast (also called matte) proof quarter eagles were issued. Collectors, accustomed to the brilliant finish of earlier proofs, were not pleased with the change. In 1909 and 1910 the Mint tried to remedy the situation by issuing Roman (satin) finish proofs, but they were also unpopular. The Roman texture was abandoned, and from 1911 to 1915 quarter eagles proofs were issued only in matte format.
The 1911 proof has a darker matte finish with less granularity. This specimen has pale straw-gold patina that covers the distinctive surfaces. Careful inspection reveals only a few microscopic contact marks. A powerfully struck piece with outstanding eye appeal. Population: 11 in 66, 15 finer (6/09).
From The Victoria Collection.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 289K, PCGS# 7960)
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