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    Frosty Choice Mint State 1911-D Key Date Indian Quarter Eagle

    1911-D $2 1/2 MS64 PCGS. Here is an outstanding example of this elusive key date. The surfaces are bright yellow-gold and very lustrous. Examination with a loupe will note the pristine nature of the surfaces where very few signs of nicks or scratches can be found. In particular, the Indian's cheek and war bonnet are exceptional as so few ticks are found. For identification purposes we note a minor scrape below the E of LIBERTY, and a little chatter mark in the reverse field midway between the eagle's neck and IN. With a paltry mintage of 55,200 pieces, this date was destined to become the key date to the series. For serious collectors, obtaining an example of this issue in MS64 represents a major financial commitment and a bit of a challenge. Obtaining a 1911-D a grade higher is very difficult, and PCGS has graded a mere 16 specimens higher than MS64. For any specialist forming the popular set of the Indian quarter eagles, the 1911-D is the anchor coin which will define the entire set. This coin should suit most collectors who appreciate quality, strike and luster.
    President Teddy Roosevelt desired to change the designs of the gold coinage in America. By 1907 the magnificent Saint Gaudens double eagles and eagles were in production. Roosevelt continued his crusade and obtained models for new quarter and half eagles from Bela Lyon Pratt, a noted sculptor who had trained and worked with Saint Gaudens. Mint Engraver Charles Barber altered the designs somewhat, changing the bald eagle and tinkering with the master hubs, but eventually the coins were struck. These were the first American coins to be struck in an incuse or sunken design in the planchets. Therefore, the wear patterns would be very different as the designs were protected by the surrounding and higher fields. Naturally, this change brought about criticism from many sources, but in the end these designs remained unchanged from 1908 until 1929 when production halted. Today they are very popular with collectors, and they represent one of the few gold series which can actually be completed by series students of numismatics. Population: 239 in 64, 16 finer (10/05).(#7943) (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
    November, 2005
    2nd-5th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 11
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