By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..
This week’s featured highlight for our January 2017 Collectors Choice Online Auction was produced on the cusp of the greatest worldwide economic disaster of the 20th century – the Great Depression. This Gem 1929 Indian quarter eagle reminds us that even amidst the dreariest of circumstances, exquisite beauty can still be found.
The surfaces are bright and glisten with satiny luster throughout. Even the borders, sometimes blurred with fatigue, are attractive. The pearlescent ivory-gold patina is accented by lilac and tangerine hues that are most vibrant on the reverse. This thoroughly impressive piece will be just right for both type collectors and Indian quarter eagle specialists.
The 1929 is the final date of the series and is somewhat underrated in terms of rarity. Typically luster is attractive and frosty, though often hampered by scattered abrasions in the fields; finding a clean example like the present piece can be a challenge. The eye appeal of the 1929 quarter eagle is generally above average, and patient searching will be rewarded with jewels like this offering.
While examples are quite available through Choice Mint State, MS-64 coins command a slightly bigger premium. However, in Gem this is a considerable condition rarity, most resembling the 1909 or the 1915. Experts suggest that fewer than 500 pieces remain in Gem condition, stressing the true desirability of this MS-65 example.
This quarter eagle will be offered as part of the Campbell-Roberts Collection, a group that includes nearly 50 of the most popular and desirable gold issues from the early 20th century. The auction will be available in its entirety for lot viewing at the FUN show in Ft. Lauderdale on January 5-8, 2017, so be sure to stop by our table to take a look.
To consign your collection to this exciting showcase event, please contact our offices today at 1-800-458-4646 to speak with a Consignment Director and see what Stack’s Bowers Galleries can do for you.