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    Upper-End MS62 1911-D Quarter Eagle

    1911-D $2 1/2 MS62 NGC. CAC. The Denver Mint produced 55,680 quarter eagles in 1911, an emission substantially lower than any other Indian Head quarter eagle coined in Denver or in Philadelphia. Among Denver Mint issues, the 1911-D, 1914-D, and 1925-D carried the Indian Head design, and only the 1925-D is readily available in higher grades. The low production is possibly explained by a comment that is found in the Annual Report of the Director of the Mint for the fiscal year 1911: "The gold quarter eagle is a coin for which there is no demand for business use. There is a call for them each year, about the holiday season, for gift purposes, and during the remainder of the year they drift back to the Treasury. New coins carrying the date of the year are wanted for each annual distribution. The piece is too small for ordinary circulation, and I recommend that it be formally discontinued by act of Congress." Despite those comments, it appears that the entire mintage was produced in the first half of the year, for the Mint director reported a coinage of 55,680 quarter eagles in his report, which covered the period from July 1, 1910 to June 30, 1911.
    If this piece was given as a holiday gift, it certainly was handled with care. The surfaces are remarkably smooth and lack the usually seen abrasions that accompany most MS62 pieces (explaining the CAC endorsement). The mintmark shows strong definition and the overall striking details are well brought up as well.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 7KR7, PCGS# 7943)

    Weight: 4.18 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    Apr-May, 2010
    28th-2nd Wednesday-Sunday
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