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    1805 B-2 Quarter, Splendidly Toned MS64
    Top-Notch Eye Appeal

    1805 25C B-2, R.2, MS64 PCGS. CAC. Splendid cobalt-blue and mint-green rim patina encircles interiors tinged in heather and rose. The strike is fairly soft through the centers of each side, particularly on the reverse where some of the shield lines are incompletely struck up. There are no mentionable planchet adjustment marks or singular abrasions on either side. In keeping with Gene Gardner's preference for beautifully toned coins, this near-Gem offers top-notch eye appeal.

    Variety: B-2, R.2. The 5 in the date touches the bust, the topmost curl is under E in LIBERTY. The reverse shows a gap in the dentils above E2. A die line joins the stem to C2. Die State: Heavy die clashing shows on the reverse, as always seen in this die pairing. The right side of the R in LIBERTY is weak.

    Population Data (3/15): For the date, the present piece is among the few finest at PCGS, which shows six examples in MS64 with a sole MS65 finer. For the date, NGC shows three MS64, four MS65, and one MS66. The newness of variety attribution makes those data irrelevant.

    Heritage Commentary: The B-2 and B-3 die pairings of 1805 quarters are among the most available of the Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle motif, struck only from 1804 through 1807. The B-1, B-2, B-3, and B-9 of 1806 are similarly available, making those combinations the most desirable for legions of type collectors.

    Provenance: Museum of Connecticut History (Stack's, 3/1998), lot 413. (NGC ID# 23RC, Variety PCGS# 38924, Base PCGS# 5313)

    Weight: 6.74 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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