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    1910 Indian Quarter Eagle, PR67
    Roman Gold Finish
    Tied for Finest at PCGS

    1910 $2 1/2 PR67 PCGS. According to Mint records, 682 proof Indian quarter eagles were struck in 1910, but the issue is much more elusive in today's market than that rather generous figure would suggest. The coins were struck with the Roman Gold finish that proved just as unpopular with collectors as the matte finish of 1908. It is likely that many coins went unsold and were melted after the end of the year. A reasonable estimate of the number actually distributed is around 200 pieces.

    The innovative sunken design was conceived by sculptor Bela Lyon Pratt and sponsored by Boston Brahmin and friend of President Theodore Roosevelt William Sturgess Bigelow. Some surprising information about the model for the portrait of the Native American was revealed in the description of lot 1005 of the Pre-Long Beach Sale (Ira and Larry Goldberg, 9/2013):

    "The obverse portrays Brule Lakota Chief Hollow Horn Bear, who had taken part in Theodore Roosevelt's inaugural parade, March 4, 1905. The Chief died March 15, 1913, age 54, at Providence Hospital, according to the notice in the April 1913 Numismatist, which misidentified him as the model for the 1899 $5 Silver Certificates. His true identity as Boston sculptor Bela Lyon Pratt's model for the 1908 Quarter Eagles and half eagles first came to light in an exhibit in the 1988 ANA Convention; we have not yet learned who was the exhibitor."

    The present coin is a spectacular Superb Gem, with razor-sharp definition on all design elements and bright yellow-gold surfaces that show the mixed satiny/semireflective luster typical of the Roman Gold proofs. No mentionable distractions are evident and eye appeal is outstanding. This coin is tied with one other specimen for finest certified at PCGS and will be a welcome addition to the finest collection or Registry Set. Population: 2 in 67, 0 finer (11/14).(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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