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    1808 BD-1 Quarter Eagle, AU Details
    One-Variety Type

    1808 $2 1/2 BD-1, R.4 -- Graffiti, Polished -- ANACS. AU Details, Net VF20. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b, as usual, cracked through the right-hand stars. The 1808 is likely the most famous early quarter eagle issue. There is only one die variety, and this issue is the only one of the Large Bust Left design type, as no further quarter eagle coinage was accomplished until 1821, after another design change.

    John Dannreuther suggests that the recorded mintage of 2,710 pieces was likely all actually struck with this one die pair, unlike in previous years when outdated dies were often carried over into the next year's coinage. However, only 125 to 150 pieces are believed extant in all grades. These are more or less evenly distributed throughout the VF to AU grade ranges, with a few surviving in Mint State. The present coin is evenly struck and well-detailed, showing weakness only on some peripheral stars and dentils. Short pinscratches in the obverse fields and enthusiastically polished, brightly reflective surfaces prevent a numeric grade.
    From The Walter Freeman Collection, Part I. (NGC ID# BFVZ, Variety PCGS# 45515, Base PCGS# 7660)

    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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