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    1807 BD-1 Quarter Eagle, MS61
    In Demand as a Type Issue

    1807 $2 1/2 BD-1, R.3, MS61 NGC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/b. Like many quarter eagle and dime die pairings from the early Mint era, the dies for the 1807 BD-1 quarter eagle -- a single-die-pair year -- were used to strike about 6,800 of the gold coins along with an estimated 165,000 silver dimes, which are also known through only the single JR-1 die marriage. These "marriages of convenience" were enabled via the lack of a stated denomination on either type.

    Although the obverse die is new (of course), the reverse die was previously used for all quarter eagles dated 1805 and 1806. This orange-gold Mint State coin shows a few marks on the obverse -- just out from the neck, and a curlicue mark in the lower hair. Some circular lathe lines appear on the profile of Liberty but there is no visible die cracking, a typical appearance for this new die. The reverse is also in its typical state, showing minor lapping after earlier uses. Extensive planchet adjustment marks appear in the central reverse, more so than usually seen on these coins, but a single scrape connecting stars 5 and 11 is among few signs of post-Mint abrasions on that side. This is the most common date for the Capped Bust Right type.
    From The Twelve Oaks Collection. (NGC ID# BFVY, Variety PCGS# 45514, Base PCGS# 7656)

    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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