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    1808 Capped Bust Left Quarter Eagle, AU55
    Exceptional One-Year Type Coin
    BD-1, Only Dies for the Date

    1808 $2 1/2 BD-1, R.4, AU55 PCGS. CAC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b, with the die crack above the cap and through the stars on the right. The Capped Bust Left design, by Assistant Engraver John Reich, was introduced on the quarter eagle in 1808. Only 2,710 quarter eagles of the new design were struck in 1808, with a single die variety known for the date. No more quarter eagles were struck until 1821, by which time the design of the obverse had changed again, to the Capped Head Left design, with a smaller bust and the obverse stars arranged in a continuous arc overhead. As a one-year design type, with a memorably low mintage, the 1808 quarter eagle is one of the most sought-after type coins in the U.S. federal series. John Dannreuther estimates the surviving population at 125-150 examples in all grades today.

    John Reich "signed" his work by notching the outside point of the punch he used to impress star 13 into the obverse die. This feature is present on all legitimate 1808 quarter eagles and shows plainly on this attractive Choice AU specimen. Like all examples seen, dentilation is weak, especially on the obverse. The central design elements were strongly impressed and show only light wear, but the stars on the right and the top two stars on the left show a touch of the usual softness on the centers. Some light planchet adjustment marks are evident on the letters in AMERICA. The lightly abraded orange-gold surfaces retain considerable amounts of original mint luster, with traces of prooflike reflectivity in sheltered areas around the devices. The overall presentation is most attractive and this coin should find a home in a fine collection or type set. The 1808 Capped Bust Left quarter eagle is listed among the 100 Greatest U.S. Coins. Population: 8 in 55 (1 in 55+), 25 finer. CAC: 1 in 55, 3 finer (11/19).
    From The HFW² Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 45515, Base PCGS# 7660)

    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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