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    1826/'5' Quarter Eagle, BD-1, AU58
    Seldom Offered Finer

    1826/'5' $2 1/2 BD-1, High R.5, AU58 PCGS Secure. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/b. The BD-1 dies are the sole pairing known for the year 1826, called 1826/6 in Bass-Dannreuther. The quotation marks 1826/'5' on the PCGS holder reflect the current thinking that this is a repunched date (1826/6), although for many years it was generally recognized as an overdate. The reverse die was carried over from 1825 and would be reused yet again in 1827. Die clashing appears on the obverse both before the head of Liberty, in the form of bold angular clash marks, and behind her head, in the form of subtle added details near the lowest curl.

    The reverse shows more bold clash marks throughout the fields. A trace of rub appears on the device high points, amid surfaces that are largely golden-yellow in the fields with generous accents of copper and orange on the devices. Eye appeal abounds throughout both sides, undampened by the present of a few minor, scattered marks. Chief among these are a few ticks on Liberty's cheek, but even there, they blend in with the patina and are undistracting. The strike is well-impressed throughout both sides. A beautiful survivor of this rare Capped Head Left variety.

    The reported mintage was only 760 pieces, of which Bass-Dannreuther believe that 30 to 35 survive today. PCGS reports five submissions in AU58 with three finer (10/15). The last PCGS example offered at auction in this grade and service was lot 13289 in the Americana sale (Stack's Bowers, 1/2013), which realized $61,688. Offerings of finer-graded pieces are extremely infrequent.
    From The McCoy Family Collection of U.S. Early Gold Quarter Eagles. (NGC ID# BFW5, Variety PCGS# 45521, Base PCGS# 7665)

    Weight: 4.37 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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