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    1908 Indian Quarter Eagle, PR64
    First-Year Matte Proof Issue

    1908 $2 1/2 PR64 PCGS Secure. CAC. The innovative sunken Indian Head design was introduced on the quarter eagle and half eagle in 1908. An optimistic proof mintage of 236 quarter eagles was accomplished, in anticipation of increased collector demand for the new issue. Unfortunately, while there was some initial enthusiasm for the new design, contemporary collectors did not like the dark matte finish used on the proof coins. In the end, no more than 60%-70% of the reported mintage was actually distributed, with the remainder destroyed at the mint after the close of the year.

    The present coin is an attractive Choice example, with sharply detailed design elements in most areas. For some unexplained reason, possibly incomplete detail on the dies, the feathers on the eagle's wing are always softly rendered on this issue, and the coin offered here does show a touch of the usual softness in that area. The pleasing orange-gold surfaces show only minor signs of contact and overall visual appeal is quite strong. Population: 24 in 64, 45 finer (10/15).
    From The Pacific Heights Collection.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 289G, PCGS# 7957)

    Weight: 4.18 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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