1913 Indian Quarter Eagle. JD-1, the only known dies. Rarity-4. Proof-64 (PCGS). CAC.This handsome and inviting specimen is richly patinated in deep khaki-rose. Fully struck throughout, as befits the method of manufacture, the delicate sand blast texture with its myriad sparkling facts has held up remarkably well. Even close inspection with a loupe fails to reveal a detracting "shiny spot" or other blemish, confirming that this coin is not all that far from full Gem quality.<p>The Proof Indian quarter eagles of 1913 were produced using a very finely grained sand blast finish introduced the year prior. While finer in texture than the Satin Proofs of 1909 and 1910, numismatists of the era did not like these pieces, instead preferring the brilliant Proof coins from previous years. Sales of the coins were poor and only 165 Proof quarter eagles were produced in 1913 of which approximately 100 to 120 remain (per John Dannreuther, 2018). The present near-Gem is uncommonly original and well preserved and serves as a magnificent example of both the 1913 issue and the Sand Blast Proof Indian quarter eagle series as a whole.Ex D.L. Hansen Collection.