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    Key-Date 1911-D Indian Quarter Eagle, MS63

    1911-D $2 1/2 MS63 PCGS. The 1911-D quarter eagle has long been celebrated as the rarest coin in the Indian Head quarter eagle series. The reported mintage of 55,680 pieces is approximately one fourth the nearest competitor, the 1914 issue, with 240,117 specimens coined. The novelty of Pratt's incuse design had worn off by 1911, and relatively few examples of this date were saved by casual collectors. Most examples seen today are in circulated or lower Mint State grades. In addition to its scarcity, this issue is prized because it is the first Denver Mint quarter eagle of any design and the first branch mint quarter eagle of the Indian Head series.
    Walter Breen reports two sets of dies were shipped from Philadelphia, but all examples seen are from a single die marriage. Breen notes some records found by Alan Craig indicating 40 impressions were made using the other die pair, but none of those coins are known today. A diagnostic of genuine 1914-D quarter eagles is a wire rim extending from approximately 1 o'clock to 5 o'clock on the obverse.
    Rich apricot-gold patina envelopes the highly lustrous surfaces of this Select example. A well executed strike leaves strong definition on the design elements, save for minor softness on the eagle's shoulder. This particular example also displays a crisp mintmark. The light marks scattered about are fewer and of less severity than what might be expected for the grade designation.
    From The Grand Lake Collection.(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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    February, 2009
    5th-8th Thursday-Sunday
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