Lovely 1804 BD-2 14 Stars Quarter Eagle, AU58
1804 $2 1/2 14 Star Reverse AU58 NGC. BD-2, R.4. This
lovely piece has brilliant green-gold surfaces with exceptional,
reflective fields. Like most, typical surface marks are evident on
each side. The central obverse and reverse are unusually well
Die State. Both dies appear perfect.
Condition Census. Perhaps a dozen Mint State examples of this variety are known, followed by this specimen and other attractive AU pieces.
Appearances. None known.
Obverse 1. Date free of the bust and distant from the dentils. Digit 4 is plain without base or crosslet. Divided date with 18 and 04 closer than 80. Top left serif of e is missing. lib are very close. Star pairs 4-5, 5-6, and 10-11 are closer than others. Stars 1 and 8 are equally spaced from the hair curl and cap. The upper point of star 9 is extremely close to the top right of Y and appears to touch. Star 13 is quite close to the bust.
State a. Perfect. State b. A short crack from the border to the drapery passes just right of the digit 4.
Reverse Die. Fourteen stars arranged in rows of six, six, one, and one. Legend completely free of the devices, except as noted. No letters touch each other. U is close to the claw and D is very far from the feathers. The legend is approximately centered between clouds and border. The upright of E is right of center over cloud 4. First A in AMERICA is separated from the wing feathers. am are close. Other letters are well-spaced. Final A is distant from the claw. Four berries with the center outside berry merged with a leaf tip. A leaf joins right base of I. Outer arrow point is below the center of the left base of N. Arrows extend slightly past center of N. Fourteen stars arranged in rows of six, six, one, and one. The stars are arranged in such a manner that any three adjacent stars form a nearly straight line. Stars 1, 2, 3, and 6 touch clouds with star 4 extremely close. Star 1 has two points buried in the eagle's wing. Star 9 is centered above the eagle's head, star 13 touches the lower beak and ribbon, and star 14 touches the back of the head and the ribbon.
State a. Perfect.
Heritage Commentary. This reverse was later used to produce dimes, 1804 JR-2.
Consignor Commentary. None
Provenance. Purchased from Stuart Levine (8/1998).
From The Ed Price Collection.(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# BFVT, PCGS# 7652)
Weight: 4.37 grams
Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper
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