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    1796 No Stars Quarter Eagle, VF Details
    BD-2, Surprisingly Scarce in Lower Grades

    1796 $2 1/2 No Stars on Obverse, BD-2, R.4 -- Repaired -- PCGS Genuine. VF Details. Undetermined obverse die state/Reverse die state b. The rarest U.S. coin type overall is the 1796-97 Draped Bust, Small Eagle silver half dollar, a two-year type. The 1796 No Stars quarter eagle is virtually tied with the 1808 quarter eagle for the honors of the rarest U.S. gold type coin. The Bass-Dannreuther Early U.S. Gold Coin Varieties places both types at R.4, estimating 125-150 known of the 1808 quarter eagle, compared to 104-131 known of the two die varieties of 1796 No Stars quarter eagles.

    Garrett and Guth note that, despite the issue's overall rarity, a surprising number of 1796 No Stars quarter eagles survive in high grades: "In fact, it is easier to find a nice About Uncirculated example of this type than it is to find one in Very Fine."

    The obverse field have been extensively smoothed, making it impossible to determine the die state. The surfaces are also hairlined. Still, the piece presents well for this high-demand gold type coin. Even yellow-gold surfaces show just a bit of original reddish patina still clinging to the reverse devices. There are no abrasions that merit mentioning. (NGC ID# 25F2, Variety PCGS# 45501, Base PCGS# 7645)

    Weight: 4.37 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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

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