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    1911-D Key Two and a Half, MS63
    Rich Patina and Strongly Defined

    1911-D $2 1/2 Strong D MS63 PCGS. The 1911-D quarter eagle is far and away the key to the Indian Head quarter eagle series. The series is well-known for being the only 20th century classic gold collection that is 100% completable for a reasonable outlay of funds.
    The 1911-D quarter eagle was produced to the tiny extent of only 55,680 coins, and it appears that relatively few examples were saved. Collecting gold coins was still a pursuit of the wealthy when the issue was produced, and the few established collectors of gold preferred proof coins over circulation strikes. In addition, collecting coins produced by branch mints was a pastime still in its infancy.
    Due to these factors, the 1911-D received recognition early on among the collecting community. Edward B. Morgan, of Denver, displayed an example at the famous 1914 Exhibition of the American Numismatic Society. Under the page heading "Series of Coins Struck at the Denver Mint, Colorado", in the quarter eagle section, was "1911 Bela L. Pratt's design first coined April 18." The monthlong ANS Exhibition (January 17-February 18, 1914) featured displays of U.S. and Colonial coins from all the prominent collectors and dealers of the era. The number of rarities that was exhibited is simply staggering. The exhibition catalog was organized by area of specialty and interest, then by exhibitor. The 27 exhibitors listed read like a Who's Who in Numismatics from 100 years ago.
    As noted on the PCGS insert, the mintmark is especially strong on this piece. The striking details elsewhere are also well brought up, and the reddish-lilac tinted surfaces retain generous portions of mint luster. An outstanding example of this issue that is far and away the most sought after in the series.(Registry values: N4719) (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
    November, 2011
    8th-10th Tuesday-Thursday
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