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    1802 Quarter Eagle, AU50
    Very Scarce BD-3 Variety

    1802 $2 1/2 AU50 NGC. BD-3, R.5. Bass-Dannreuther Die state b/b. The 1802 Capped Bust Right quarter eagle claims a small mintage of 3,035 pieces, with three die varieties known for the date. This coin represents the BD-3 variety, identified by the recut star 1 on the reverse. The BD-3 is a very scarce variety, with a surviving population of 60-75 examples in all grades. Traditionally called an overdate, present-day researchers believe the artifact beneath the final digit of the date is not a 1, but something else. The obverse die was used on all three varieties of the date and the reverse was used to strike dimes in 1802 and 1803 as well.

    The present coin is a lightly circulated example that shows a soft strike on the centers, probably due to the presence of some planchet adjustment marks that are still visible on the reverse. The peripheral devices are much sharper. The surfaces show a number of minor abrasions, but none that are singularly distracting, and significant amounts of mint luster remain. Census: 8 in 50, 60 finer (2/14).
    From the Collection of Donald E. Bently, sold for the benefit of the Bently Foundation.(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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