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    1808 Quarter Eagle, VF Details
    BD-1, Famous One-Year Type
    A Key Date in Any Grade

    1808 $2 1/2 BD-1, R.4 -- Cleaned -- PCGS Genuine. VF Details. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b, as usual, with a die crack from the tip of Liberty's cap down through the adjacent stars. The 1808 quarter eagle ranks among the most famous and desirable single-year type coins in American numismatics. No type set is truly complete without one. However, just 2,710 examples were struck, and it is believed that no more than 125 to 150 pieces survive. John Reich's Draped Bust Left, Small Eagle design was used on this denomination for the first time in 1808 but production quickly ceased, only to be resumed in 1821. By that time, a new design and diameter had been implemented.

    This important 1808 quarter eagle maintains strong definition on Liberty's portrait, most of the eagle's feathers, the date, and reverse legends. The notch on star 13, Reich's signature, is clear. Both sides are mostly rich orange-gold with deeper toning around the recesses. The noted cleaning is relatively minor in comparison to the coin's numismatic significance as a single-year type.
    From The Poulos Family Collection, Part II.


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

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