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    1829 BD-1 Quarter Eagle, MS61
    Perfect Dies as Always

    1829 $2 1/2 MS61 NGC. Breen-6132, BD-1, High R.4. Among the major type rarities are the quarter eagles struck from 1829 to 1834, featuring the Capped Bust obverse and With Motto reverse. The basic design combination was in use since 1821, with the diameter slightly reduced prior to the coinage of these 1829 coins. Therefore, this piece represents the first year of issue for the new type. Only 3,403 quarter eagles were minted in 1829, and John Dannreuther suggests that between 70 and 90 of those coins still exist today. His estimate seems reasonable.
    All known examples have perfect obverse and reverse dies with no clash marks, lapping, or die cracks. The low mintage combined with the only use of both dies seems to suggest that one or both dies could exist in later die states but none have ever been seen.
    This lovely green-gold example has satiny surfaces with reflective fields. Faint hairlines limit the grade, although the overall eye appeal suggests a finer numerical level. Census: 4 in 61, 21 finer (2/11).(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# BFW7, 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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