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    Gem 1911-D Indian Quarter Eagle, A Legendary Rarity Among 20th Century Gold

    1911-D $2 1/2 MS65 NGC. The first of only three Quarter Eagles struck in the Denver Mint, the 1911-D boasts the lowest mintage (55,680 pieces) of this type. It is also the rarest Indian Quarter Eagle from both absolute and condition standpoints. We have been fortunate to offer another MS65 NGC example within the last two and a half years, and that coin realized $33,500 as lot 7594 in our May 2000 Central States Signature Sale. The present specimen is very well struck with crisp definition over all features, even the all-important D mintmark. Warm orange-gold color overlay both sides, and the diagnostic knife-like rim on the upper right obverse is evident with the naked eye. Certain angles reveal pale powder-blue iridescence in select areas on the obverse of this minimally abraded example. NGC and PCGS combined report just 19 coins in MS65, with a mere five finer (4/02).
    According to official records, the Denver Mint used two die pairs to produce the 1911-D. Breen (1988) notes that only 70 coins were struck from the second pairing, none of which are believed extant. (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
    July, 2002
    27th-30th Saturday-Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 13
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