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    Finest Certified 1821 Capped Bust Quarter

    1821 25C MS67 NGC. B-4, R.2. A later die state of the variety with a crack from the border through E of UNITED into the field near the scroll. Both sides have noticeable clash marks, especially around the eagle on the reverse. The mintage reported for the year was 216,851 coins, although some of those were from dies dated 1820. It would be almost impossible to speculate how many of each date were included in the total production figure. Mintage of the Capped Bust quarter dollars was sporadic at best. The following years are represented: 1815, 1818-1825, 1827, and 1828. Breen suggested that the public much preferred the Spanish 2 Reals silver pieces and other fractional units. The Spanish colonial pieces were much more familiar to most people of the young nation.
    Designs were by John Reich, who redesigned all of the circulating coinage after he was hired in 1807. The quarters and half dimes were the last two denominations to adopt the new designs, in 1815 and 1829 respectively. Three obverse and five reverse dies were produced for a combination of six different die varieties. NGC has certified a total of 142 quarters dated 1821, in a variety of grades. Some of those were attributed, and others were not. The best B-4 variety grades just MS61, although the non-attributed examples included coins in a variety of grades. There is still only this one MS67 example.
    This is a remarkable Superb Gem, reminiscent of coins from old-time collections, such as Eliasberg, Norweb, Garrett, and others. Both sides are sharply struck with all details exquisitely defined, save for just a few star centers. The surfaces are fully lustrous with a satiny texture. Pastel toning with rose-gold, blue, crimson, lilac, and olive-green coloration. An exceptional Superb Gem for the connoisseur.(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 23RM, PCGS# 5331)

    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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    January, 2006
    4th-7th Wednesday-Saturday
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