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    Strong D 1911-D Indian Quarter Eagle, MS64

    1911-D $2 1/2 MS64 PCGS. Strong D. The key-issue 1911-D quarter eagle has been a recognized rarity in that popular series for many years, a function of its diminutive production of a mere 55,680 coins. In 1975 David Akers wrote concerning the issue:

    "This is by far the rarest and most valuable date of the Indian Head quarter eagle type. Its mintage is less than one fourth of the mintage of the next rarest date in the series, the 1914. Most known specimens are circulated and truly choice uncirculated examples are rare. The 1911-D has been widely counterfeited, usually by adding a D mintmark to a genuine 1911. On a genuine 1911-D, the mintmark is usually very weak and there is always a partial wire rim on the obverse between 12 and 3 o'clock."

    Thirty-five years later, the situation is little different. Akers' recent (2008) Handbook succinctly says that the 1911-D is the rarest Indian Head quarter eagle "in terms of total number of coins known"--a likely allusion to other conditionally rare issues, the 1914 and 1914-D, in the highest Mint State grades.
    This is a marvelous example that has bright, frosted mint luster. Each side has lovely yellow-gold color with tiny bits of reddish patina intermixed. The strike is strong, notably so on the mintmark, with a bit of softness on the lowest feather in the headdress (as usual). The fields are exceptionally clean with no noticeable abrasions.(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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2010
    11th-15th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
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