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    1910 Quarter Eagle, PR66
    One of the Finest Proofs Extant

    1910 $2 1/2 PR66 PCGS. CAC. The bright, metallic sheen of the "bright proofs" made by the Mint in 1909 and 1910 is abundantly evident on this piece. What is even more obvious are the untampered surfaces. Post-striking treatment by collectors over the decades has left many proofs from these years with a dull appearance. This example displays rich reddish-coppery color on each side. The surfaces appear flawless, even with the aid of a loupe.

    The 1910 quarter eagle has an unusually high mintage of 682 proofs. This has traditionally been attributed to an accounting error, but that may not be the case. In his upcoming book on the Saint-Gaudens twenty dollar series, Roger Burdette explains:

    "Contrary to other years, all proof coins for 1909 and 1910 that were unsuitable as proofs but otherwise acceptable as coinage were placed into circulation. This eliminated the additional bookkeeping necessary to account for bullion used in sandblast proofs that were later destroyed."

    This indeed seems to be the case. Even though multiples were produced of the proof 1910 quarter eagle compared to other years, it appears that there were not significantly larger numbers of proofs sold to collectors or extant today. PCGS has only certified eight pieces in PR66 with a paltry two proofs finer (3/15).
    From The Big Sky Collection.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 7KRP, PCGS# 7959)

    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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