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    1808 Quarter Eagle With XF Details, An Important One-Year Type

    1808 $2 1/2 --Cleaned--ANACS. XF Details, Net VF30. Bass-3017, the only known dies, R.4. John Reich's sole contribution to the U.S. Quarter Eagle series was a single set of dies of the Capped Bust Left type. Mated together on only one occasion, these dies produced 2,710 coins on February 26, 1808. No more Quarter Eagles would be produced until 1821, by which time the Capped Bust Left design had yielded to Robert Scot's Capped Head Left motif. Although not as rare as some catalogers have claimed, the 1808 is an important one-year type whose place in the pantheon of numismatic legends is secured. Typically weak at the borders with generally sharper striking detail toward the centers, the present example displays green-gold color that brightens to yellow-gold shades as the surfaces rotate into the light. The diagnostic obverse die crack (as struck) that joins the back of Liberty's cap to stars 8-13 is present, and it may point to early die breakage that explains the brevity of the type. There are no singularly mentionable abrasions, but a somewhat glossy texture from the cleaning is noted.
    From The Collection of Dennis Ridings. (NGC ID# BFVZ, PCGS# 7660)

    Weight: 4.37 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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