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    1804 Quarter Eagle, XF40
    14 Star Reverse, BD-2
    Extremely Rare Die State

    1804 $2 1/2 14 Star Reverse XF40 PCGS. BD-2, R.4. Bass-Dannreuther Die State c/a. Only 3,327 Capped Bust Right quarter eagles were struck in 1804, with two die varieties known for the date. This coin represents the more available BD-2 variety, easily recognized by the 14 stars on the reverse. The BD-2 probably accounted for the majority of the reported mintage, as the surviving population numbers 150-200 examples in all grades. The reason for adding the 14th star has never been determined, but it was probably accidental. The reverse was also used to coin the JR-2 variety of the 1804 Draped Bust dime.

    This coin is from the extremely rare Die State c/a, with a vertical die crack in the left obverse field, from the curl to near star 7. In Early U.S. Gold Coin Varieties, John Dannreuther notes the only specimen seen by him is the coin in the collection of the American Numismatic Society, museum number 1908.93.414. The design elements are well-detailed, with some flatness on the stars and light wear on Liberty's hair and cheek. The vivid orange-gold surfaces show a few planchet flaws in the obverse field, but only minor abrasions are evident. This lot represents an important opportunity for the student of early gold die states. Housed in a green label holder. Population: 11 in 40, 61 finer (2/14).
    From the Collection of Donald E. Bently, sold for the benefit of the Bently Foundation.(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# BFVT, PCGS# 7652)

    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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