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    1911-D Quarter Eagle, MS65
    Undisputed Series Key

    1911-D $2 1/2 MS65 NGC. The late Paul M. Green turned his attention to the 1911-D quarter eagle in his "Item of the Week" column for the edition of Numismatic News dated September 17, 1996. He begins with a simple assertion: "Key-date gold coins are often overlooked and underpriced." He continues by noting that while the various copper and silver series, particularly more modern ones, are accessible to a broad range of collectors, gold coinage demands a substantial budget. Green does highlight the Indian quarter eagle series, however, as a potential exception. It is short, and in his words, "supplies of all dates from the Indian Head quarter eagles ... are ample with the exception of one."

    Then this:

    "In all cases the single exception is the 1911-D. The 1911-D had a total mintage of 55,680 pieces, making it far and away the lowest production date of that type. It had not become any more common over the years. It always has, and always will be the key date in the Indian Head quarter eagle set. Its prices routinely run four or five times higher than the prices of common dates. None question that it is the key date to the set and worth the price."

    The intervening years have widened the gap between the 1911-D quarter eagle and its peers, validating Green's assertions from 1996. The 1911-D is rarely encountered in Gem condition, in large part because of the way these coins were designed. The sunken relief places the fields as the high points, and extreme care had to be taken so they were not abraded. This is a truly impressive example that shows clear fields, the only exception being a short diagonal mark on the reverse above and to the left of the motto. Light, even reddish-gold color is seen over each side. The diagnostic partial wire rim is easily seen on the right side of the obverse. The striking details are sharp, but not quite fully brought up on the lowest feather in the headdress. Census: 76 in 65 (2 in 65+, 1 in 65 ), 2 finer (7/14).
    Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2010), lot 1514.
    From The Pannonia 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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    Auction Dates
    September, 2014
    4th-6th Thursday-Saturday
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