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    1911-D Two and a Half, MS63
    Bright and Sharply Struck Throughout

    1911-D $2 1/2 MS63 NGC. The Indian Head quarter eagle and half eagle series, designed by Bela Lyon Pratt and introduced in 1908, were a blatant numismatic tribute to Pratt's mentor and artistic collaborator Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who had died the previous summer. The Saint-Gaudens designs for the larger ten and twenty dollar gold pieces were launched in 1907-08. Pratt's naturalistic Indian Head design for the obverse recalled the Indian eagles with a feathered headdress of Saint-Gaudens, and the eagle on the reverse was also taken from Saint-Gaudens' artistic palette, specifically the unofficial inaugural medal of President Roosevelt from 1905. Although the new Pratt designs mostly met with indifference (on the part of most numismatists) or vociferous criticism (on the part of coin dealer Samuel H. Chapman), by 1911, when the Denver Mint made its first entry in the series, the hubbub had died down, and most of the small mintage of 1911-Ds, at 55,680 pieces, slipped quietly into circulation. This is one of the few set aside at the time of issue and it is a remarkably well-preserved example. The surfaces are bright orange-gold throughout and the striking details are sharp on all the design elements, including the all-important mintmark. Lightly abraded in the fields, the only mark of singular note is a curved abrasion that connects RTY at the top of the obverse.(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
    February, 2012
    2nd-5th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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