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    Pleasing 1911-D Quarter Eagle, MS65+

    1911-D $2 1/2 MS65+ NGC. Research into Denver Mint records (Walter Breen cites Alan Craig) reveals that two different die pairs were actually used to strike 1911-D quarter eagles, although only 70 coins were minted from one die pair. Today, it is stated that just one variety is known, although it exists in two distinctly different die states. If any survive from the other die pair, they would be extremely rare. The chances of identifying such a coin is about one in 800, if every surviving coin were critically examined for its variety details. The possibility of counterfeits must also be considered.
    Fortunately, the genuine pieces have a distinctive high wire rim at the upper right part of the obverse, and a vertical "secret mark" on the reverse. The secret mark is a tiny raised die line just left of the arrow points, in the border area. That mark is virtually impossible to reproduce on counterfeit pieces. While it requires a strong glass to see, it is an excellent authentication characteristic. The two known die states have a strong or weak mintmark. In some cases the mintmark can be so weak that it is actually invisible. The same characteristics used to authenticate genuine 1911-D quarter eagles can be used to distinguish between Philadelphia pieces and "Weak D" examples from Denver.
    No such distinction is necessary, however, in the case of this vibrant and high-end Gem. The strike is uncommonly bold, the mintmark is well-defined for the issue, and bright yellow-gold surfaces are pleasingly preserved, almost to Premium Gem standards. This spectacular example has been awarded the new Plus designation by NGC in recognition of its high quality and superior eye appeal. Only coins in the highest range of the assigned grade are eligible for a Plus designation. NGC has certified just three numerically finer examples (11/10).
    From The Maltbie Family Collection.(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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    January, 2011
    5th-9th Wednesday-Sunday
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