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    1833 Quarter Eagle, AU58
    Capped Head Left, BD-1

    1833 $2 1/2 BD-1, R.5, AU58 NGC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/c. The 1833 Capped Head Left quarter eagle claims a small mintage of just 4,160 pieces, all struck from the same pair of dies. As might be expected, this was the only use of the obverse die, but the reverse die was used to strike all quarter eagles of this type produced from 1830-1834. Like all U.S. gold coins of this era, the great majority of these coins was melted almost immediately upon entering circulation because the rising price of gold verses silver made their intrinsic value greater than their face value. The surviving population probably numbers only 60-80 examples in all grades.

    The coin offered here is an attractive near-Mint specimen, with just a trace of actual wear on the well-detailed design elements. The devices show a touch of the usual softness on the eagle, not surprising considering the reverse die was in its fourth year of use at this point. The antique-gold surfaces are lightly abraded and the overall presentation is most attractive. Census: 10 in 58, 24 finer, including 1 in MS62 Prooflike (1/18). (NGC ID# BFWC, Variety PCGS# 45527, Base PCGS# 7673)

    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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