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    1911-D Indian Quarter Eagle, MS65
    Sought-After Series Key

    1911-D $2 1/2 MS65 PCGS. CAC. The 1911-D two and one half dollar, with a mintage of 55,680 circulation strikes, is the lowest-mintage date in the Indian Head quarter eagle series, and is the first of only three mintmarked issues (the others being the 1914-D and the 1925-D). David Akers, in his A Handbook of 20th century United States Gold Coins, 1907-1933, revised and expanded Second Edition by Jeff Ambio, writes:

    "In terms of total number of coins known, the 1911-D is the rarest Indian Quarter Eagle. Most examples are in lower Mint State grades, and coins that grade MS60 to MS62 are actually offered fairly regularly in the market. MS63s are seldom available, however, and the 1911-D is rare any finer."

    PCGS and NGC population data show a high frequency of 1911-D quarter eagles in the MS62 to MS64 grade levels. We suspect that a relatively large number of these are coins resubmitted in hopes of attaining a higher grade. In any event, the population falls off dramatically above the MS64 level, and the issue is virtually unobtainable in grades above MS65.

    The present Gem offering displays orange-gold color tinted with light green, along with pleasing luster. A sharp strike leaves strong definition on the design features, including the feathers on the bonnet and the eagle's shoulder; the mintmark is also sharply defined, which is a real plus for a 1911-D. A couple of minute, inoffensive marks in the raised, exposed upper right reverse field may barely deny an even higher grade. The CAC green-label confirms the captivating eye appeal. Population: 24 in 65 (1 in 65+), 3 finer. CAC: 8 in 65, 1 finer (10/19).
    From The Kodiak 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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