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    1806/4 Quarter Eagle, 8x5 Stars
    BD-1, AU55, Late Obverse Die State

    1806/4 $2 1/2 8x5 Stars AU55 PCGS. BD-1, High R.4. Bass-Dannreuther Die State c/b. All of the 1806-dated quarter eagles are actually overdates, either the 1806/4 BD-1 with stars arranged eight left and five right, a variety that is nearly rare, or the 1806/5 BD-2 with stars arranged seven left and six right, close to very rare. This piece offers bright, semireflective fields with dominant yellow-gold color. The strike is somewhat soft in the centers, and faint, almost undetectable diagonal adjustment marks appear in the center obverse. A few minor handling marks occur above the eagle, along with one mark in the center of the obverse. Noticeable traces of luster appear around the margins on each side. The obverse of this piece demonstrates the terminal die state, with a noticeable die break from the rim to the tops of LIBERTY resulting in a rim cud that would soon afterward break off the die. At the time Bass-Dannreuther wrote their reference, only the Bass coin was known in that late state; this piece might be only the second example known.
    The last Choice AU PCGS piece sold in one of our auctions was lot 1463 in our ANA Signature (Heritage, 7/2008), a piece with the CAC sticker that brought $27,600. With the strong market for rare-date gold today and the extremely late die state, we expect that this lot will also perform well. Mint State examples are few and far between -- only four pieces at PCGS. Population: 6 in 55, 12 finer (2/12).(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# BFVW, PCGS# 7654)

    Weight: 4.37 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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    April, 2012
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