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    1802 Quarter Eagle, BD-1, AU50
    The 'Spike Shield' Variety

    1802/1 $2 1/2 AU50 PCGS. BD-1, R.4. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/b. While attributed by PCGS (housed in an old green label holder) as being an 1802/1, the overdate status of this issue has long been questioned, and it is now believed that the raised metal behind the 2 in the date is the result of a break or die chip and not a numeral 1. BD-1 is the most plentiful of the three die pairings for this issue, but with only 90 to 120 examples believed extant, one can hardly call it common. This obverse was mated with three different tail dies to strike the entire 3,035-coin mintage for the year, and this reverse die was also used to strike the JR-3 dime variety in 1802 and then again for the JR-3 variety of the 1803 dime. This dual-denomination usage of quarter eagle reverse dies was common practice at the early Mint, as the two denominations were nearly identical in diameter.

    This quarter eagle representative displays rich green-gold color and is remarkably void of any noticeable abrasions. The strike is even and well-executed, and only slight wear is seen over the high points. A heavy die line protruding from the upper-left corner of the shield is diagnostic of this variety. Population: 8 in 50, 47 finer (6/14).(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# 25F6, PCGS# 7650)

    Weight: 4.37 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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