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    1908 Pratt-Designed Quarter Eagle, PR67
    Initial Year of Matte Proof Production

    1908 $2 1/2 PR67 PCGS. JD-1, R.4. Striking proof coins for collectors became an annoyance for the U.S. Mint and none were struck between 1917 and 1935. Mint Director F.J.K. von Engleken outlined the case against manufacturing proofs in a letter to Mint Superintendent Joyce in October 1916. There were also practical reasons, in addition to just being annoying to produce. The fields on all the newly designed coinage had uneven or irregular surfaces that did not lend the design to traditional brilliant proof production. A transitional finish -- sandblast proofing -- may not have been an intentional nod to the mint's frustration with proofing coins, but matte proofing certainly gave a nudge to pushing proofs off-stage in a few short years. The problem of the background, i.e., the fields, held that a different method of proofing was needed, especially for the new gold coins. The mint borrowed a long-used technology for proofing medals and finished the new gold coins with a sandblast surface, a technique mainstream collectors of the day quickly rejected. As a result, few examples were set aside, and many of those that were are not found today in high grades. This coin is certainly the exception. The coarse, sandblasted surfaces show no shiny spots or evidence of contact with other coins. The strike is complete throughout and there are no visual distractions. Population: 7 in 67, 0 finer (11/19).(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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