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    1830 Capped Bust Left Quarter Eagle, MS65
    BD-1, Only Dies for the Date
    Condition Census Example

    1830 $2 1/2 BD-1, R.4, MS65 PCGS. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a, no clashing, no lapping, no cracks. According to Mint records, only 4,540 Capped Bust Left quarter eagles were struck in 1830, a paltry mintage in absolute terms, but actually fairly generous in the context of the series. A single die variety is known for the date. This was the only use of the obverse die, but the reverse was used to coin all regular-issue and proof quarter eagles from 1830 until the design changed in 1834. Interestingly, the obverse die exhibits large dentils, from the punch used on both the obverse and reverse of the 1829 quarter eagle. It seems likely that the obverse die was prepared at the same time as the 1829 dies, but it must have been left undated and not used until the following year. The reverse die shows the small dentils seen on both obverse and reverse quarter eagle dies prepared after 1829. The reverse die also has smaller, better matched letters in the legend than the 1829 die, with a Curl Base 2 instead of a Square Base 2 in the denomination, and a smaller period after the D. John Dannreuther estimates the surviving population at 80-100 examples in all grades. The 1830 Capped Bust Left quarter eagle is definitely rare at the MS65 grade level, as PCGS has graded four coins in MS65, two specimens in MS65+, and a single MS66 finer, while NGC has graded five examples in MS65, with one MS66 finer (9/19). The population data includes an unknown number of resubmissions and crossovers.

    The present coin is a spectacular Gem, with sharply detailed design elements in most areas, and just a touch of softness on the left (facing) shield border. The well-preserved antique-gold surfaces show a mix of vibrant mint luster and prooflike reflectivity in the fields. Eye appeal is outstanding. We expect intense competition from series specialists when this lot is called.
    From The Joan Zieg Steinbrenner Collection, Part II. (NGC ID# BFW8, Variety PCGS# 45524, Base PCGS# 7670)

    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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