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    1798 Quarter Eagle, BD-2, Five Berries, AU58
    Deep Original Coloration, Immense Appeal

    1798 $2 1/2 Wide Date, Five Berries, BD-2, R.5, AU58 PCGS. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a. The Mint struck only 1,094 quarter eagles in 1798, employing two different die pairs. BD-2 is seen about twice as often as BD-1, but it is still distinctly rare, with only 45 to 55 coins believed extant. Coupled demand from both variety and date collectors puts this variety in a state of high bidder attention when offered at auction. This is the only use of this obverse, which cracks in a later state, but the reverse was later employed for the JR-4 1798 dime and the JR-1 1800 dime. The cross-usage of undated reverse dies was a time and cost-saving measure at the early Mint, as the dime and quarter eagle shared a common reverse design and were almost identical in diameter.

    This near-Mint BD-2 coin is a remarkably appealing, undeniably original example. Both sides show vivid honey-gold patina with overtones of coppery-orange in the border recesses. Remnants of semiprooflike mirroring reside in the fields, and the design elements are well brought up. Struck from mildly rotated dies. (NGC ID# 25F5, Variety PCGS# 45505, Base PCGS# 7649)

    Weight: 4.37 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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