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    1805 Quarter Eagle, BD-1, AU55
    Remaining Original Luster
    Exceptionally Smooth Surfaces

    1805 $2 1/2 BD-1, R.4, AU55 PCGS. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/a. Only a single variety is known for the 1805 quarter eagle, and there are perhaps as many as 150 pieces extant. This is actually one of two different marriages for this die pair. The head die was still serviceable following the scant 1805 mintage of 1,781 coins and was therefore overdated and reused in 1806 for the BD-2 variety. The 1805 tail die was hardy, benefiting from improved hardening techniques at the Mint. It was used to strike every quarter eagle variety from 1805 to the end of the type in 1807 (including 1806/5 BD-2), and was also transferred to service as the reverse for the entire 1807 dime production (165,000 coins). The long employment of the 1805 quarter eagle reverse is difficult to comprehend, since the typical die life of this period was perhaps 10,000 strikes or a little more; yet, the extended usage of this reverse across two denominations and three years cannot be disregarded.

    This Choice AU 1805 quarter eagle is an exceptional coin. Smooth green-gold surfaces are devoid of distractions, and it is original, frosty mint luster that glows in the protected regions of the fields. The strike is even and moderately well-executed, although central weakness leaves the eagle's head and neck soft and allows vertical adjustment marks to remain partially visible in Liberty's hair curls. A delightful coin that will impress the quality-conscious connoisseur. Population: 9 in 55, 22 finer (11/15). (NGC ID# BFVV, Variety PCGS# 45511, Base PCGS# 7653)

    Weight: 4.37 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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