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    1802/'1' Quarter Eagle, BD-3, AU58
    Rare Variety, Challenging Date

    1802/'1' $2 1/2 BD-3, R.5, AU58 PCGS. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/b. Field star 1 is blatantly repunched, a useful diagnostic to identify the scarce BD-3 variety. The reverse die was later used to strike 1802 JR-1 and 1803 JR-1 dimes, one of the hardworking gold series "double denomination" dies seen in early U.S. coinage. Neither John Dannreuther nor Harry Bass believed the 2 on 1802 quarter eagles overstruck an underdigit 1, unlike the 1802/1 half eagles, which are obvious overdates.

    This nearly Mint State coin displays bright, greenish-gold surfaces and well-struck motifs. A few diagonal, short marks on the eagle's shield appear to be abrasions rather than adjustment marks, and slight wear is visible on the eagle's head. A few other brief marks on the obverse rim at 3 o'clock indeed could be Mint file marks, although it is not certain. The Bass-Dannreuther reference estimates only 60 to 75 BD-3 pieces survive. Population (all varieties): 12 in 58 (1 in 58+), 18 finer (1/20). (NGC ID# 25F6, Variety PCGS# 45508, Base PCGS# 7650)

    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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    Auction Dates
    February, 2020
    20th-23rd Thursday-Sunday
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