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    1829 Quarter Eagle, BD-1, MS63+
    Capped Head Left, Reduced Diameter
    First-Year Issue, Great Eye Appeal

    1829 $2 1/2 BD-1, High R.4, MS63+ PCGS Secure. CAC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a. Only the prime (no die cracks) state is known for this variety, the only one known for the (again) minuscule production amounting to 3,403 pieces. The year 1829 marked the first entry in the Capped Head to Left, Reduced Diameter quarter eagles, which were struck in a close collar (an enclosing collar die used to strike reeding on the edges of the coins). Although the diameter was only slightly reduced from the previous Large Diameter Capped Head Left subtype, struck from 1821-27, the design was also subtly altered, showing punched, bead-shaped dentils, higher rims enclosing them, and smaller stars, letters, and digits.

    This MS63+ PCGS coin offers honey-gold surfaces that show copious prooflike reflectivity throughout. A thin mark runs through Liberty's cheek and another in the left obverse field, with two tiny ticks in the date -- one above the 9 and one below the 2 -- useful as pedigree markers. Despite a few scattered abrasions, this is a piece possessing marvelous eye appeal. Of the 11 submissions in the MS63 grade at PCGS, this piece and one other are the only MS63+ coins, and there are eight finer (10/15).
    From The McCoy Family Collection of U.S. Early Gold Quarter Eagles. (Variety PCGS# 45523, Base PCGS# 7669)

    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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