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1808 $2 1/2--Scratched, Cleaned--ANACS. Unc Details, Net AU50. Bass-3017, Breen-6125, R.4. The only known dies. John Reich'...

2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382

 
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Auction Ended On: Jul 28, 2005
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Location: San Francisco, CA
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Highly Collectible 1808 Quarter Eagle
1808 $2 1/2 --Scratched, Cleaned--ANACS. Unc Details, Net AU50. Bass-3017, Breen-6125, R.4. The only known dies. John Reich's sole contribution to the U.S. Quarter Eagle series was a single set of dies of the Capped Bust Left type. Mated together on only one occasion, these dies produced 2,710 coins on February 26, 1808. No more Quarter Eagles would be produced until 1821, by which time the Capped Bust Left design had yielded to Robert Scot's Capped Head Left motif. Although not as rare as some catalogers have claimed, the 1808 is still an important one-year type.
Typically weak at the borders with generally sharper striking detail toward the centers, the present example displays somewhat unnatural pink-gold color over noticeably cleaned surfaces. The diagnostic obverse die crack (as struck) that joins the back of Liberty's cap to stars 8-13 is present, and it may point to early die breakage that explains the brevity of the type. A thin scratch is noted from Liberty's mouth to her hair curl.(#7660)(Registry values: P8) (NGC ID# 25FD, PCGS# 7660)

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