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    Outstanding MS64 1911-D Quarter Eagle

    1911-D $2 1/2 MS64 NGC. "The 1911-D is the rarest date of the series in all grades from circulated to Gem Uncirculated. Most known examples are in the lower Mint State grades, and obtaining one in MS-60 to 62 condition can usually be accomplished with only a little searching. However, in MS-63 condition this issue is seldom available, and anything better than MS-63 is extremely difficult to locate." Those are the words of David Akers in A Handbook of 20th-Century United States Gold Coins. The date is at once an important key issue and a major condition rarity in the series. Auction and population data tend to obscure the true rarity of this issue in the highest grades. The substantial price jump between grades at the higher Mint State levels results in a higher number of resubmissions to the grading services. Similarly, higher price levels mean that examples will often appear in multiple auction sales until the owner gets a desired price. For those reasons, the true rarity of 1911-D quarter eagles in the highest grades will sometimes go unrecognized.
    This is an attractive, high-grade example of this famous 20th century rarity. The matte-like surfaces make it possible for small abrasions to blend in virtually unnoticed. Faint golden-rose and lilac patina is intermingled over both obverse and reverse. The mintmark is remarkably strong, especially so for an issue that is often found with a very weak D. The striking details are strong in other areas as well. The mint luster is lovely and frosted an the only surface disturbance is a milling mark on the high point of the Indian's cheek.
    From The Atherton Family Collection.(Registry values: N7079) (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
    January, 2010
    6th-10th Wednesday-Sunday
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