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    Gem Matte Proof 1908 Indian Quarter Eagle

    1908 $2 1/2 PR65 PCGS. Offered as single lots within their respective denominations, the present sale offers a complete 1908 gold proof set. Just 236 Proof quarter eagles were produced in 1908, the first year of Bela Lyon Pratt's unusual incused Indian Head design. As is often discussed, this is technically not an incuse design, but is a raised design that is sunken below the level of the fields. This design concept undoubtedly came with its own unique set of circumstances when it came to die making at the Mint. All the gold Proof coins of 1908 represented the Mint's first experiments with special finishing techniques, including matte and satin finishes over the next few years. All of the current literature about these coins notes that they were struck with a dark or deep matte finish. This example appears to be much lighter in appearance with an attractive olive-gold coloration. The surfaces have a fine matte finish of a sand-blast nature, rather than the satiny finish or the much coarser matte-finish of the next decade. This example is relatively plentiful in relation to later proof issues, and is an excellent choice for the type collector.(#7957) (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 289G, PCGS# 7957)

    Weight: 4.18 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2004
    4th-6th Thursday-Saturday
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