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    1798 Quarter Eagle, AU50
    Wide Date, Five Berries, BD-2

    1798 $2 1/2 Wide Date, Five Berries AU50 ANACS. BD-2, R.5. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a. All quarter eagles of this date are rare, whether they are the Wide Date, Five Berries BD-2 variety or the Close Date, Four Berries BD-1 die pairing. Only two die pairs were used for this year in monogamous pairings, designated 1-A and 2-B in Bass-Dannreuther. Only 1,094 quarter eagles were reportedly struck in 1798, and both types are quite rare, the BD-1 a bit more so. No more quarter eagles would be struck (according to their obverse dates, at least) until 1802. Given that the 1796 and 1797 quarter eagles are so seldom seen, the 1798 date gives collectors their best hope of obtaining a high-grade early quarter eagle dated in the 18th century.

    This piece shows no evidence of the later die state sometimes seen in the form of obverse die cracks; the small, raised die lump near star 1 is a constant, apparently. Dannreuther estimates that only 45 to 55 survive in all grades. This AU50 ANACS-certified piece displays light field chatter with only a couple of larger ticks. The attractive surfaces show a yellow-gold base with amber-gold field accents and deeper reddish accents at a couple of areas near the rims on each side. No planchet adjustment marks are visible. A great-looking example of this early type.(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# 25F5, PCGS# 7649)

    Weight: 4.37 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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