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    1833 Quarter Eagle, BD-1, MS64
    Attractive, High-End Example

    1833 $2 1/2 BD-1, R.5, MS64 NGC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/c. This is the second-rarest quarter eagle issue of this type, trailing only the extremely rare 1834. A single die pair was used and production amounted to only 4,160 coins, with just 60 to 80 examples believed to survive in all grades. This is the only use of this obverse, but the fourth of five uses for this reverse, which was employed for every variety of the type with the sole exception of the 1829. Many gold issues of the period were subjected to heavy melting which, coupled with the already low mintages, makes any representative of this type an elusive coin.

    This piece is beautifully preserved, with satiny green-gold luster that is devoid of any significant interruptions. The central high points and many of the stars are lacking in the finer details, but the major elements are well-defined. A small planchet void above the eagle's head and a tiny, linear mark near star 1 serve as pedigree identifiers. Census: 5 in 64, 2 finer (11/14). (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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    January, 2015
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