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    1911-D Indian Quarter Eagle, MS65
    Low-Mintage Key
    Only Five Coins Certified Finer

    1911-D $2 1/2 MS65 PCGS Secure. Strong D. The Denver Mint found its production capacity pulled in many different directions in 1911. Double eagles were in high demand, and the Colorado facility struck its first cents, amounting to an eight-figure sum, in that year. Dimes, too, rolled off the presses in quantity. For the other denominations, however, there was comparatively little demand. Each of the lower-value gold coins for that date and mint are among the keys to their respective series, with the 1911-D quarter eagle as the best-known example of this phenomenon.
    The 1911-D's status has been documented thoroughly for decades. Perhaps the most illustrative and eloquent commentary on the date came from Paul M. Green, who discussed it in a Numismatic News article dated September 17, 1996. He wrote that its mintage made it " ... far and away the lowest production date of the type. It has 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."
    Though a handful of finer pieces appear in the combined certified population, two from NGC and three from PCGS (7/11), this remains one of the best-preserved and most beautiful 1911-D quarter eagles available today. Both sides offer excellent detail, and the mintmark is crisp. The wheat-gold obverse exhibits subtle emerald shadings, while the honey-gold reverse displays light orange accents. The softly lustrous surfaces show none of the usual marks that limit the grades of other examples, with only a few trivial flaws evident even under magnification. A notable Gem that offers wonderful visual appeal.
    Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 3109, realized $86,250.
    From The Shrike Set of $2 1/2 Indians.(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, 2011
    8th-11th Thursday-Sunday
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