1911-D Indian Quarter Eagle PCGS MS64.
Ask any experienced collector which pre 1933 gold series
would be the easiest to complete, and a share number
of them will name the Indian quarter eagles. What is
forgotten however, is the 1911-D, with its miniscule
mintage of 55,680 coins.
Designed by Boston resident and sculptor
Bela Lyon Pratt, this and the half eagle of the same
design were the first US coins that featured no raised
edge, and all main devices and legends are incuse. This
was not easily accepted by the general public at the
time, and few people cared to set apart examples of
these coins. As a result, even of the issues with the
highest mintages, near gem and gem pieces are very scarce
One of the key factors in identifying
the scarcity of this rare issue is the mintmark. On
many pieces, of this and the other Denver issues, the
mintmark is very weak. As a result, pieces with fully
struck mintmarks command much higher prices than those
that show a weak mintmark. This is the case in all grades,
but especially so in mint-state.
The present piece shows no weakness
and has a fully struck mintmark, and is rare as such.
Only a few pieces have archived a higher grade at either
PCGS or NGC, making this a rare opportunity for the
specialist. A premium quality piece, this coin, certified
in an older green holder is destined for the finest
20th century gold cents. No major hits are noted on
the fields, although a few tiny marks account for the
grade given to it by PCGS. Toned to a orange-golden
color, this is a very attractive gold piece.
For anyone who wishes to complete this
set, which is considered “easy”, this is
the perfect coin. While it will cost many multiples
compared to the other coins in the set, as soon as this
coin is represented the other issues are easy. Act quickly
to obtain the King of 20th century quarter eagles.