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    1831 Bust Quarter, MS66+
    B-4, Small Letters
    Colorful, Old-Time Toning

    1831 25C Small Letters, B-4, R.1, MS66+ PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. Tompkins Die State 2/2. A transition to the new close collar and a new, smaller diameter accompanied several 1831 design changes by Chief Engraver William Kneass. The motto E PLURIBUS UNUM -- thought to be redundant with the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA -- was removed from above the eagle, while different punch sizes and letter sizes resulted in seven distinct varieties. Four of the die pairs display Small Letters on the reverse (including the B-4); three varieties employ Large Letters. The B-3 and B-4 varieties share a reverse noted for its highly placed denomination, with a square-base 2 and an extra horizontal shield stripe visible at vertical stripes 1 and 2. That anomaly is lapped away in the latest die stage of B-4, but clearly visible here.

    This Premium Gem example is sharply struck throughout the obverse and reverse, one of the goals sought by all the 1831 design changes. Only minor incompleteness is seen on two or three star centers. High-end, smooth surfaces exist beneath colorful album toning, with vibrant deep-blue and amber-gold shades surrounding pale-gold centers. We have never offered a finer B-4 example. Population: 10 in 66 (1 in 66+), 0 finer (5/20).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23RW, Variety PCGS# 38983, Base PCGS# 5348)

    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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    September, 2020
    17th Thursday
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