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    1911-D Two and a Half, MS63+
    Impressive Eye Appeal

    1911-D $2 1/2 MS63+ NGC. Garrett and Guth write of the 1911-D quarter eagle in the second edition of their Gold Encyclopedia that it is "the key to the series in every grade. It boasts not only the lowest mintage (by far), but few examples were saved at the time of issue. Most of the survivors are in lower Mint State grade, and even those often show areas of minor friction on the Indian's cheek." Actually, we believe that what Garrett and Guth mean here is that "most Mint State survivors are in the lower grades thereof," as most of the survivors are actually in some grade level of AU -- a level where these coins are still quite attractive and in demand by throngs of collectors. Many of the survivors are just a hair's breadth away from Mint State, on average.

    This MS63+ NGC example is far and away finer than those "average" coins, an impression that no more than a lingering glance confirms. The orange-gold surfaces are fine-grained and somewhat mattelike, well-struck throughout and showing a wire rim around the upper obverse. The Indian's cheek and the eagle throughout are notably free of marks, although the brow of the chief shows a small mark that likely precludes an MS64. It is, however, the only singular mark on this coin, a piece with impressive eye appeal.(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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    April, 2014
    23rd-27th Wednesday-Sunday
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