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    1831 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle, MS61
    BD-1, Only Dies for the Date

    1831 $2 1/2 BD-1, R.4, MS61 NGC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a. A small mintage of 4,520 Capped Head Left quarter eagles was accomplished in 1831, with a single die variety known for the date. This was the only use of the obverse die, but the reverse was used to strike all quarter eagles produced from 1830 through the end of the series in 1834. Probably no more than 110-125 examples of the issue survive today in all grades.

    The present coin is a pleasing MS61 specimen, with sharply detailed design elements in most areas, and just a touch of softness on the area at the juncture of the shield and left (facing) wing. Close inspection with a loupe reveals some faint planchet adjustment marks in the cap and hair above the brow. The antique-gold surfaces are lightly abraded for the grade and traces of prooflike reflectivity are evident in sheltered areas around the peripheral devices. (NGC ID# BFWA, Variety PCGS# 45525, Base PCGS# 7671)

    Weight: 4.37 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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