From the NGC Archives: 1908 Indian Head Quarter Eagle

Bela Lyon Pratt designed and sculpted this coin type, which was minted from 1908 through 1915 and again 1925-29.

His radical design for the new quarter eagle received mixed reviews, but it is clearly seen at its best in this proof edition.

The matte finish of this superb gem permits close inspection of all details, without the distracting glare of golds normal luster. The mintage figure of 236 pieces has long been understood as a gross figure, as an unknown quantity of proofs was destroyed January 2, 1909. Fully struck in every fine detail, this beautiful specimen is free of the bright abrasions that often mar matte proofs. Its surfaces have a pleasing uniform color and texture, with outstanding eye appeal.

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