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    Satiny MS62 1911-D Two and a Half

    1911-D $2 1/2 MS62 NGC. The low mintage 1911-D is the key to the fifteen-coin Indian Head quarter eagle series. Also appearing on the half eagle, this bold Bela Lyon Pratt design is incuse, with design and lettering (except for the mintmark) sunk into the surface rather than raised above it. The style was unique in American coinage, part of the same artistic dynamic of the early 20th century that gave us the Saint-Gaudens double eagle. Reaction to the design was mixed. Some faulted the representation of both the obverse Indian and the reverse eagle. Others stirred up fears that the sunken design might collect dirt and spread disease, a concern that proved to be overwrought. The series ended in 1929, an apparent casualty of the Wall Street crash of that year, and none were produced from 1916 through 1924. This is a fully struck example that also displays a strong mintmark. The rich orange-gold surfaces show no obvious or distracting marks.(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.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    26th-29th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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