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    1805 Quarter Eagle, BD-1, MS61
    Sole Variety of the Year

    1805 $2 1/2 BD-1, R.4, MS61 NGC. Ex: Hilt Collection. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/a. BD-1 is popular among date and variety collectors as the only variety of the 1805 quarter eagle. Only about 100 to 150 examples are believed extant, making this issue scarce in all grades. This die pairing is of special importance to variety enthusiasts, as the obverse die was later reheated, overdated, and rehardened for continued production of the 1806 BD-2 variety. This is one of only a handful of occurrences for any denomination when this procedure was successfully accomplished for a production die. This reverse die was later employed for all quarter eagle varieties through 1807, as well as for the entire 1807 dime mintage (more than 150,000 dimes). During its usage for dime coinage, the die incurred several clashes and lappings, but apparently never cracked. This is evidence of the Mint's die hardening techniques having drastically improved from just a decade before, when dies cracked frequently.

    This BD-1 example displays original olive-gold patina with hints of orange-gold in the recesses. The strike is sharp, save for the extreme centers which are slightly soft, while the upper reverse high points show the remnants of mint-made roller marks that were not completely eradicated by the die impression. An appealing Mint State example of this popular variety.
    From The Liberty USA Collection. (NGC ID# BFVV, Variety PCGS# 45511, Base PCGS# 7653)

    Weight: 4.37 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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