None (for Philadelphia,
PA) left of the arrowheads on the reverse.
The 1928 Quarter Eagle is very similar
in rarity to the 1927. It is another issue that can
be located with no real difficulty in any grade up
to Mint State-64. Gems are harder to find than the
1926 and the 1927 issues, but are much more available
than the very underrated 1929.
The 1928 Indian Head quarter eagles
are slightly scarcer than the 1927 issue. These are
generally available in grades up to and including
MS-65. A review of the PCGS Population Report and
the NGC Census will confirm that the 1928 quarter
eagle is available in sufficient quantities for most
collectors to obtain an example. Striking quality
varies, but generally these coins are sharply struck
and frosty, although a few examples show peripheral
striking weakness. The 1928 issue is decidedly more
common than the final year of issue, despite the higher
mintage of the 1929 quarter eagle. This issue was
struck during the heyday of the Roaring '20s, which
in retrospect was drawing quickly to an abrupt finale.
STRIKE: The 1928 is not usually seen with as
good a strike as the 1926 and 1927 Quarter Eagles.
Many pieces show centralized weakness on both the
obverse and the reverse and it is not uncommon to
find coins that exhibit noticeable die swelling at
the borders. Some 1928 Quarter Eagles exist with sharp,
even strikes and advanced collectors consider these
more desirable than typical weakly struck coins.
SURFACES: As on most Indian Head
Quarter Eagles, regardless of date, the surfaces show
numerous small abrasions. It is possible to locate a
1928 with clean surfaces, but these are scarce.
LUSTER: The luster is excellent
on most high grade pieces. It is frosty in texture and
has a sort of glow that can give a choice, original
piece exceptional eye appeal.
broad range of coloration has been seen on 1928 Quarter
Eagles. This ranges from rose-gold and bright yellow-gold
to a deeper green-gold hue. It is still relatively easy
to find a piece with good color.
EYE APPEAL: The
level of eye appeal for the 1928 Quarter Eagle is above
average. While there are some coins that are not well
struck, most have excellent luster and color. This is
among the more available Indian Head Quarter Eagle is
gem condition and there are some extremely pleasing
pieces known to exist.
Census: To qualify for the Condition Census,
a 1928 Indian Head Quarter Eagle must be Mint State-66.