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    Superb Matte Proof 1908 Quarter Eagle
    Popular Type Coin, First Year of Issue

    1908 $2 1/2 PR67 NGC. The innovative incuse Indian Head design for the quarter and half eagles made its debut in 1908, to mixed reviews. The Mint also introduced the matte proof format that year, with dark granular surfaces, much different from the reflective brilliant proofs collectors were used to. The proof mintage was large for the quarter eagle, at 236 pieces, but collectors did not like the matte format and it is likely that many sets went unsold and were melted at year's end. The issue is still the most available proof of the series, with a surviving population of 125-165 examples in all grades. The date is particularly popular as a type coin. Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth opine, "For the type collector, the 1908 Proof makes a perfect choice in terms of availability, quality, and being the first year of issue."
    The present coin displays the usual dark surfaces, with a noticeable overlay of reddish patina. A full wire rim surrounds both sides. The surfaces appear technically perfect, with none of the shiny contact spots often seen on this issue. The leading grading services have not graded any coin in a higher technical grade. Census: 26 in 67, 0 finer (11/09).(Registry values: N7079) (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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