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    1908 Two and a Half Indian, PR65
    Problem-Free First Year of Issue

    1908 $2 1/2 PR65 PCGS. CAC. JD-1, R.4. The new design by Bela Lyon Pratt also used a new finishing technique -- not new in the strict sense, and an established method of proofing used for striking medals for many years -- but definitely new to mainstream collectors of U.S. coins. This new method required a fine steam of grit to be sandblasted over each side of newly struck proof gold coins, and the entire process was contained within a box. As often stated, contemporary collectors did not like the new sandblasted surfaces. The net mintage for the 1908 quarter eagle was 236 pieces out of 500 proofs struck, a solid indication of their unpopularity. The tide of public opinion has definitely turned, and today these specially made proofs are very popular with collectors. This is a lovely example with no discernible shiny spots, and for that matter no contact marks either. The coin is clearly suggestive of a higher grade. As an interesting sidenote, each side is surrounded by a pronounced wire rim, indicating production of these pieces were problematic as the High Relief twenties had been two years previously, and for the same reason: misalignment of the die faces with the collar. Population: 28 in 65, 27 finer. CAC: 8 in 65, 10 finer (11/19).
    From The HFW² Collection. (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 289G, PCGS# 7957)

    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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