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    1805 Quarter Eagle, Unc Details
    Only 1,781 Pieces Struck

    1805 $2 1/2 -- Improperly Cleaned -- NGC Details. Unc. BD-1, R.4. Bass-Dannreuther Die State c/b. The 1805 Capped Bust Right quarter eagle boasts a low reported mintage of 1,781 pieces, with a single die variety known for the date. The surviving population numbers approximately 100-150 examples in all grades. Remarkably, the obverse die was annealed and overdated after its use in 1805 and used to strike the BD-2 variety of 1806. While overdates are not that unusual among early U.S. coins, the overdated die was almost always one that went unused before the date was altered, as hardening the die and striking a production run of coins made most dies too brittle to be reused in this fashion.

    The present coin offers well-detailed design elements and lightly abraded surfaces that show an unnatural brightness, evidence of a light cleaning in the past. A still-attractive example of this elusive early gold issue that is prized by collectors in all grades and conditions.
    From the Collection of Donald E. Bently, sold for the benefit of the Bently Foundation.(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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