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    1911-D Strong D Two and a Half, MS64+
    Rich Mint Luster and Color

    1911-D $2 1/2 MS64+ PCGS. CAC. The Bela Lyon Pratt design for the quarter eagle and half eagle, introduced in 1908, was a radical departure from all previous U.S. coin designs. The design was incused or lowered into the surface of the coin, so that the fields, normally the lowest part of a coin, were the highest. Although the innovation was greeted with considerable hostility at its introduction, numismatists today acknowledge its artistic beauty.
    Q. David Bowers, in the series introduction on PCGS CoinFacts website, makes an interesting observation regarding the lack of an incuse mintmark on the issues:

    "Curiously and inconsistently, Indian quarter eagles and half eagles struck at Denver and San Francisco (half eagles, but not quarter eagles, were struck at New Orleans as well), with mintmarks, bore the mintmark raised on the coin--extending above the field. Apparently it was too much trouble to have the mintmark incuse. This is probably just as well, for one can imagine a proliferation of phony mintmarks made for collectors, by punching D and S letters into the fields of Philadelphia Mint coins!"

    Both the 1911-D quarter eagle and the 1909-O half eagle are low-mintage keys in their respective series, and both are generally well-struck issues that are known to occasionally display weak mintmarks. In the case of the 1911-D quarter eagle, NGC and PCGS certify such coins with the Weak D designation, and they trade at lower values compared to the Normal D coins. It is notable that this high-end MS64 is designated as "Strong D." It is indeed prominently displayed on the reverse. Even more notable, though, are the brightly lustrous, frosted surfaces that have taken on a mixture of reddish-gold and lilac color. Population: 10 in 64+, 20 finer (6/11).(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
    August, 2011
    11th-14th Thursday-Sunday
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