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    1908 Indian Two and a Half, PR66
    First-Year Matte Proof Type Coin

    1908 $2 1/2 PR66 NGC. CAC. Sales of proof 1908 Indian quarter eagles were fairly high compared to those of later issues in the series, as collectors widely sought to obtain examples of the first year of the new type. Folks were in for a surprise, however, as the Mint had not only left Christian Gobrecht's Liberty Head motif behind, but also the brilliant proof finish that had been employed from the beginning. Collectors found the new matte finish rather dull and unsatisfactory, which stunted sales of later issues.

    The 1908 matte proof quarter eagle had a production of 236 coins, and these are well-known for their incredibly sharp strikes and being more available in high grades than are many later dates. This Premium Gem representative showcases luminous olive-gold color with the delicate matte finish seemingly undisturbed. The eagle's wing feathers show the usual engraving softness in the die. A lovely example of this sought-after proof issue. Census: 38 in 66, 31 finer (3/15).
    From The Virginia Cabinet.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 289G, PCGS# 7957)

    Weight: 4.18 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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