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    Upper-End MS63 1911-D Quarter Eagle

    1911-D $2 1/2 MS63 NGC. CAC. The design of the Indian quarter eagles and half eagles, with the design sunk below the field, presents unusual numismatic considerations. Since the fields are the highest point on the coin, they received the majority of abrasions acquired during the coin's life. That is the reason that high grade pieces are infrequently encountered. Another characteristic is a weak mintmark, seen frequently on 1911-D quarter eagles, and also on a number of other branch mint issues. Die cracks and breaks are seldom seen on these coins. Clash marks are rarely seen and entirely unlike clash marks on other coins. Since the deepest recess of the coin design was the highest point of each die, there was only one location were those high points on the two dies matched when they were properly mounted in the press. On the obverse, the highest point of the die was the Indian's neck, and on the reverse it was the junction of the eagle's right wing (to the left) and the body. In the press, those two points opposed each other, and clash marks are occasionally seen on the Indian's neck.
    Neither clash marks nor a weak mintmark are seen on this piece. The mintmark is fully and boldly defined, and the diagnostic wire rim is seen on the right side of the obverse. The surfaces display even orange-gold color, and there are no obvious or detracting marks on the high points.(Registry values: N4719)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2894, 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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    Apr-May, 2010
    28th-2nd Wednesday-Sunday
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