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    1834 Capped Bust Left Quarter Eagle
    BD-1, With Motto, AU Sharpness
    Perhaps Fewer Than 24 Pieces Known

    1834 $2 1/2 Capped Bust -- Repaired -- NGC. AU Details. BD-1, R.6. Among the scarcest of early gold type, the 1834 Motto quarter eagle is an extreme rarity in any condition, although most surviving examples are in higher grades. There is no official record of any coins leaving the Mint for distribution. Nearly the entire 4,000-piece issue was melted in preparation for the lighter-weight Classic Head type with a mintage of 112,234 pieces the same year. Walter Breen believed all examples of the Capped Bust design were proofs, although this argument is discounted in the Bass-Dannreuther reference and by other researchers. The current coin shows areas of smoothing and repair beneath the eagle's left wing and elsewhere, with hairlines from a subsequent cleaning. Most of the prooflike surface is dulled, although the coin retains a reasonably pleasing green-gold patina. A thin circle of prooflikeness remains at the obverse margin among the stars.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2014
    14th-15th Friday-Saturday
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    A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.
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