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    1908 Pratt Quarter Eagle, PR65
    First-Year Sandblast Proof

    1908 $2 1/2 PR65 PCGS Secure. The year 1908 marked the debut of Bela Lyon Pratt's innovative (contemporary opponents might call it "radical") Indian Head designs for the quarter eagle and half eagle. After years of contrasted or brilliant proofs, the Mint introduced the matte (or sandblast) proof, to much public disdain. The coins were deeply colored with no brilliance or contrast, and most original examples have a distinctive brownish hue and "knife-rim or 'wire edge,' " according to the Breen Proof Encyclopedia.

    This no-questions Gem proof displays both the characteristic razor-sharpness and the sparkling microscopic facets diagnostic of sandblast production. The only tiny distractions are a couple of small dark areas in the reverse field that serve more as pedigree identifiers. Although unpopular in its day, this first-year proof issue is quite popular today.(Registry values: N4719)

    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.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    14th-17th Thursday-Sunday
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