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    1805 BD-1 Quarter Eagle, AU55
    Just 1,781 Pieces Struck

    1805 $2 1/2 AU55 NGC. CAC. BD-1, R.4. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/a. Despite the low mintage, the dies for the 1805 quarter eagle were subsequently hard-used, both obverse and reverse. Following the minimal mintage for 1805-dated coins, the obverse die was repunched (despite its hardened state) to strike the 1806/5 quarter eagles. For the reverse die, the 1805 mintage was a mere warm-up. It was then used to strike both 1806 and 1807 quarter eagles, and pressed into further service striking more than 150,000 1807 dimes.

    Perhaps only 100 to 150 pieces survive of the 1805 quarter eagle mintage. While several About Uncirculated pieces are cited on the population reports, those numbers are likely overstated due to multiple submissions and crossovers. This Choice AU example is outstanding both for its original surfaces and strong eye appeal. Nice mint luster remains beneath orange-gold patina with rose-gold and olive accents. Minimal abrasions are distributed primarily on the reverse, where occasional, light adjustment marks are seen between the clouds and rim. The strike is bold and pleasing.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# BFVV, PCGS# 7653)

    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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    Auction Dates
    November, 2014
    14th-15th Friday-Saturday
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    A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.
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