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    Gem Proof 1908 Indian Half Eagle

    1908 $5 PR66 PCGS. The Indian Head quarter eagles and half eagles present a unique design concept within American numismatics. These coins were designed by Bela Lyon Pratt, whose friend William Sturgis Bigelow recommended for the job. Bigelow had influence with President Roosevelt who was on a coinage redesign campaign, which Walter Breen described the "zenith of American coinage art." Pratt's design has often been described as incuse, although this is not quite accurate. The actual design is raised, however, this raised design is sunken below the fields, so that the highest point of the design is on the exact plane as the fields.
    This is a premium Gem proof with fantastic eye appeal. The surfaces are nearly perfect with only one or two tiny blemishes on each side. A tiny mark in the sandblast surface just below the Indian's chin is the only mark of note, and should serve to identify the pedigree of this half eagle in the future.(#8539) (Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28E3, PCGS# 8539)

    Weight: 8.36 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
    August, 2004
    18th-21st Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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