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    '1802/1' Quarter Eagle, MS62, BD-1
    Lustrous, Frosted Surfaces

    1802/1 $2 1/2 MS62 PCGS. CAC. Breen-6118, BD-1, R.4. Bass-Dannreuther Die State Obverse a / Reverse b. The "1802/1" quarter eagles were produced to the meager extent of a reported 3,035 pieces. Three different reverse dies were successively paired with a single obverse to produce the three marriages known for the issue. The 1802 quarter eagles have long been considered overdates; in fact, the current (2012) Guide Book still lists them as such. Bass-Dannreuther have this to say:

    "Harry Bass also realized that the overdate status of this die was questionable. The fact that there were no quarter eagles dated 1799, 1800, or 1801 should lend credence to the overdate status of the 1802, but most researchers have come to the conclusion that whatever is under the 2 is not the vestiges of a 1."


    The logic is, unfortunately, flawed, a non sequitur; the nonexistence of 1801-dated quarter eagles, or any other date for that matter, has no bearing at all on the status of the 1802s. The obverse die could just as easily have been overdated from any earlier year or a new obverse created for the year, as was apparently the case. The present piece certainly reinforces that proposition, as even under high magnification the small 2 in the date shows little of anything besides some planchet adjustment marks.
    The reverse die on this pairing is called the "Spike Shield" in Bass-Dannreuther, for the tiny artifact that runs from the top left shield corner to the scroll above. Deep reddish patina on each side of this piece complements bold mint luster and nicely frosted surfaces. A few light contact marks are consistent with the grade, none worthy of note. The strike is somewhat soft in the centers. Population: 3 in 62, 7 finer (11/11).(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# 25F6, PCGS# 7650)

    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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