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    Rare, One-Year Type 1808 Quarter Eagle, Mint State

    1808 $2 1/2 MS 61 NGC. The rarity of the 1808 quarter eagle is well known even to those who don't necessarily collect gold type coins. Struck in just this one year, only 2,710 pieces were minted and of that number it has been estimated that fewer than 2% exist today in all grades, with 35-40 pieces being a reasonable estimate of the surviving specimens. Breen speculates that the low survival rate may be due to the weak borders on all known coins which exposed them to undue wear. Every 1808 quarter eagle we have seen has had rim problems of some sort, probably due to the lack of raised detail evident around the margins.
    When located, the typical 1808 is usually VF-XF with AU pieces quite rare and desirable. Only a handful of strictly Mint State quarter eagles from this year exist today. This piece is typically struck on the reverse with some weakness evident on the tips of the eagle's wings. On the obverse, the stars on the left side are quite well defined, but those on the right side are weak, as usual. Lightly abraded, the most notable identifiers for pedigree purposes are two strike-throughs: one is straight and close to the O in OF, the other has a backward S-shape and is located to the left of AM in AMERICA. A pleasing, reddish tinted example of this major gold rarity. Population: 9 in 61, 4 finer (3/01).
    From the Dr. Robert W. Dingle Collection. (NGC ID# BFVZ, 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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    May-Jun, 2001
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