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    1908 Quarter Eagle, PR66
    Sought-After First-Year Matte Proof

    1908 $2 1/2 PR66 PCGS. CAC. The sandblast (or "matte") proof quarter eagles of 1908 were not well-received by collectors of the period, as the old brilliant finish was much preferred and missed. As a result, many of 236 pieces struck were likely spent or otherwise lost, with only about half of the original production figure believed to survive today. Still, the 1908 is one of the most easily obtainable proof quarter eagles in the Indian Head series (relatively speaking), and is a popular choice among collectors seeking a single proof representative of this type. The coin here offered is a rare Premium Gem example, with rich olive-gold color and seemingly flawless surfaces (save for a tiny, grade-defining tick in the lower-right reverse field adjacent to the rim. The strike is bold throughout, as the weakness on the eagle's wing is due to incomplete engraving of the die, and not striking pressure. Population: 15 in 66, 2 finer (7/14).(Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2014
    5th-9th Tuesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 11
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