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    1798 Quarter Eagle, Semireflective MS62
    Wide Date, Five Berries, BD-2, R.5

    1798 $2 1/2 MS62 NGC. Wide Date, Five Berries, BD-2, R.5. Die State a/a. The 1798 quarter eagles were struck in the reported amount of a skimpy 1,094 coins, and they break down into two monogamous die pairings, i.e., each obverse and reverse die was used together, once, to create the two varieties known, with no crosslinked dies. The BD-1 is the Close Date, Four Berries, ranked High R.5 by Bass-Dannreuther, while the BD-2 is the Wide Date, Five Berries, ranked "only' R.5, or merely "rare." Both varieties in the scheme of things are rare, although the BD-1 is a bit more so. As Bass-Dannreuther rightly point out, both varieties would be expectedly rare, given the minuscule mintage. Bass-Dannreuther estimate that 45 to 55 examples survive of the BD-2, compared to 25 to 30 survivors of the BD-1. This would equate to 70-85 survivors in all, or a survival rate of 6%-8% (assuming that the 1,094 coins were all dated 1798 and that no other 1798-dated coins were struck earlier or later).
    Such mathematical games are perilous to play when early gold and the U.S. Mint are involved, as any serviceable die would do in a pinch. Still, it would not surprise us to discover that both varieties were rarer than Bass-Dannreuther estimate, possibly quite a bit.
    This MS62 NGC-graded example of the BD-2 Wide Date appears to be in the prime (uncracked) state of the dies on each side, showing bright, semireflective fields with full mint luster remaining. Numerous small- to medium-sized abrasions appear over each side that help determine the grade. The strike is somewhat weak in the centers, and a furrow-shaped planchet depression runs from the bottom of L to the top of Liberty's cap. Strong die striations appear on the reverse, the product of heavy die polishing, but no planchet adjustment marks occur on either side.
    This is only the third example of the Wide Date, Five Berries variety we have offered in this grade since we began our Permanent Auction Archives. An MS62 PCGS example in our FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2011), lot 5019, brought $115,000. Census: 3 in 62, 1 finer (12/12).(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# 25F5, PCGS# 7649)

    Weight: 4.37 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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