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    1911-D Quarter Eagle, MS65
    Undisputed Series Key

    1911-D $2 1/2 MS65 PCGS. Strong D. The 1911-D is by far the most famous and elusive issue in the Indian quarter eagle series, and is recognized as such by collectors in virtually all areas of numismatics. Only 55,680 pieces were struck, and few were saved from circulation at the time of issue. Additionally, most Mint State survivors are in the lower grade levels, and Gem-quality pieces are among the most sought-after of all Indian quarter eagles. Akers writes of this issue:

    "The 1911-D is one of those few issues in the Gold series which 'has it all going for it.' The lowest mintage of the series, the rarest [quarter eagle] of its design in Mint State, the second rarest in MS65, the first Denver Quarter-Eagle emission in American history, and a level of reputation throughout the entire Numismatic Community are factors which jointly combine to make the 1911-D a very popular item."

    Akers further notes that two die pairs were used to strike this issue, but most of the mintage was produced from only one. Examples are known with bold and weak mintmarks, but these are not diagnostic of the different die pairs; rather the weak mintmark variety is likely the result of the die clogging with dirt or metal dust. Striking pressure does not appear to be a factor either, as most examples of this date exhibit well-struck details, even with a weakly defined mintmark.

    The Gem representative here offered is of the Strong D variety, and is one of only 22 Gem-graded 1911-D quarter eagles at PCGS, with just three numerically finer (5/14). The surfaces exhibit medium green-gold patina, with softly frosted underlying luster that exhibits a faintly granular texture when viewed beneath a lens, a characteristic of most 1911-D quarter eagles. A bold wire rim around the obverse periphery from 11 to 5 o'clock is diagnostic of all genuine examples of this issue. The surfaces are remarkably free of unsightly abrasions, giving this piece exceptional visual appeal, and putting it squarely in the upper end of the Gem grade level. A truly exceptional example of the unrivaled key to the Indian quarter eagle series.(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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2014
    4th-8th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 18
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