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    Superb Matte Proof 1911 Indian Quarter Eagle

    1911 $2 1/2 PR67 PCGS. Proof gold from 1911 broke with the two-year experiment of the "Roman Gold" variant used in 1909 and 1910, and the matte finish was reinstituted this year as it had been originally in 1908. Like the mintage of the 1910, the mintage of 191 proofs for the 1911 quarter eagle seems extraordinarily high for an issue where perhaps no more than 60-75 pieces may still be extant. The matte or sandblast surface differs somewhat in texture and color from those of 1908 with more sparkle on the 1911 and also more of a distinctive olive-yellow color.
    This piece is undoubtedly one of the finest single specimens of matte proof coinage we have recently seen from this denomination. The surfaces are perfect as far as we can tell--there are no "shiny spots" (a.k.a. luster breaks), contact marks, or other post-striking impairments. The sparkle of the matte surfaces is interrupted only by a couple of darker spots of color (probably tiny alloy spots) that have no effect on the grade or desirability of the coin. They do, however, provide minute markers that can be used if one wished to trace the pedigree of this important coin. The first spot is a tiny one between stars 2 and 3 on the obverse. Another small group can barely be seen at 10 o'clock on the reverse. Certainly an exceptional example for the advanced collector of proof gold. Population: 15 in 67, 0 finer (10/03).(#7960) (NGC ID# 289K, PCGS# 7960)

    Weight: 4.18 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    November, 2003
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