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    Historic 1796 No Stars Quarter Eagle
    BD-2, XF Details

    1796 $2 1/2 No Stars--Plugged--NCS. XF Details. Breen-6113, BD-2, R.4. The 1796 No Stars quarter eagle has long been coveted as the first year of the denomination and a one-year type coin. From a tiny mintage of only 963 pieces, the date was studied and prized by early numismatists, who paid particular attention to the No Stars variety. An early auction appearance occurred in the Fifth Semi-Annual Sale (Woodward, 10/1864), lot 1658. Woodward noted, "1796 Without stars, a very fine impression, but slightly touched by circulation; extremely rare." The lot was purchased by J.O. Emery at $9.50.
    The present coin has been plugged through IB in LIBERTY, and diagonal adjustment marks are evident on Liberty's hair. The surfaces are lightly hairlined, with a short but noticeable mark in the right obverse field. As usually seen on this issue, the central details are a little soft. The surfaces are a pleasing, even orange-yellow. Even with its blemishes, the coin offered here is an important representative of this sought-after and historic issue.
    From The R.M. Phillips Limited Partnership Collection.(Registry values: P10) (NGC ID# 25F2, PCGS# 7645)

    Weight: 4.37 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper

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    Jul-Aug, 2009
    31st-2nd Friday-Sunday
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