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    1909 Indian Head Quarter Eagle, PR66+
    Shimmering Satin Surfaces
    Only 78 Proofs Were Sold

    1909 $5 PR66+ NGC. JD-1, High R.4. The introduction of the Indian Head quarter eagle in 1908 brought with it a whole new type of coinage design with the motifs sunken below the surfaces of the fields rather than raised above them. That dramatic change, a radically different aesthetic, posed certain challenges and necessitated a new proof finish. According to John Dannreuther, writing in United States Proof Coins, Volume IV: Gold, Part One (2018): "Because of the incuse devices on these ... coins ... the Mint announced that Proofs could no longer be made with the brilliant finish because of the difficulty in polishing the dies."

    The new sandblast finish implemented with the introduction of the Pratt quarter eagle proofs in 1908 was not popular with contemporary collectors. The satin style seen here was used in 1909 and 1910 in an attempt to appease the public, but it proved to be only marginally more appealing. Production dipped from 236 proofs in 1908 to 139 proofs in 1909, of which 78 specimens were sold. The rest were unceremoniously melted. Although these satin proofs are far more popular and widely sought-after today, only 50 to 60 pieces are believed extant.

    This gorgeous Premium Gem representative features profound orange-gold coloration with subtle variations in shade as the coin is rotated under a light. The shimmering surfaces accent the pinpoint strike found on the distinctive sunken devices. A few die polish lines appear in the smooth fields. There are virtually no signs of contact, explaining the Plus designation for quality within the grade. Census: 5 in 66, 14 finer (4/20).(Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25ZS, PCGS# 8540)

    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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