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    Key-Date Gem 1911-D Quarter Eagle

    1911-D $2 1/2 MS65 NGC. The 1911-D quarter eagle is quite rare in Gem condition. It has the lowest mintage in the series, is generally only available in VF-AU grades, and is far scarcer than the 1914 or 1914-D in strict Gem condition. In fact, only 58 other Gems have been certified by NGC, with two finer (6/06). As a sort of backhanded compliment to this issue, counterfeits have been manufactured for several decades by adding a D mintmark to a 1911 Philadelphia coin, so it is imperative that the collector (or grading service) be familiar with the diagnostics of genuine 1911-D quarter eagles.
    This is an unusually clean coin, not only for a 1911-D but for any Indian quarter eagle. The fields, which are the highpoints of its incuse design, are virtually free of the numerous tiny blemishes that are normally seen on coins of this type. The mint luster flows over the surfaces and is unbroken over the highpoints of the recessed design elements. Both sides are a lush, deep honey-gold. The only marks of any significance are a tiny abrasion on the highpoint of the Indian's cheek, a microscopic impression below the Y of LIBERTY, and a short vertical pinscratch well hidden in the lower headdress feathers. These are only of concern, and only visible, to those who examine the coin with strong magnification. The reverse shows no mentionable distractions, large or small. As another plus, the mintmark is boldly brought up, unlike many pieces of this issue. Although a 20th century coin, the importance of this particular piece should not pass unnoticed, as it is one of the most important gold rarities in this sale, as well as the key-date issue for one of the few readily completed U.S. gold coin series.(Registry values: N10218) (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
    July, 2006
    7th-8th Friday-Saturday
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