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    Rare 1909 Quarter Eagle Select Proof

    1909 $2 1/2 PR63 NGC. The proofs of 1909 were struck in the Satin style, or in what has become known as the Roman Gold finish. More archaically it was known as the Brilliant Matte style, a not inappropriate term for this finish, and one that more accurately conveys the appearance of the coins than the vague "Roman Finish" term. These Satin proofs are devoid of the coarse granularity on 1908 and 1911-15 proofs, and have a lighter finish halfway between matte and mirrored, but to call them mirrored would certainly be inaccurate. As a date, the 1909 is twice as rare as the 1908, in part because the novelty of the first year of issue status of the 1908 date assured more would be preserved, and also in part because of the brighter finish in 1909 some unknowing or uncaring collectors may have spent them or may not have recognized the difference between a Roman Gold proof and a clean, well struck business strike. This specimen is richly colored with a few wispy hairlines that only show up under light magnification. Its overall appeal is excellent and, of course, few could argue the rarity of these early 20th century gold proofs. Population: 8 in 63, 21 finer (9/01).
    From the Ric Leichtung Collection. (NGC ID# 289H, PCGS# 7958)

    Weight: 4.18 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    November, 2001
    15th-17th Thursday-Saturday
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