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    1796 B-2 Quarter, XF40
    Rare Cracked Obverse Specimen
    Fifth Finest Late-State Piece

    1796 25C XF40 PCGS. B-2, R.3. The 6 nearly touches the drapery on B-2, the more plentiful die marriage among 1796 quarters. This example has several prominent die cracks through BERTY. At least five individual, interconnected die cracks are visible through those letters, including some that reach the hair curls below LIBERTY. Although the B-2 die marriage is plentiful, with perhaps as many as 400 survivors, only a few of the late die state pieces are known.

    A census of the late state coins compiled by Rory Rea, Jim Koenings, and Aram Haroutunian show 11 pieces that grade from MS63 down to VF20, and perhaps another dozen exist in lower grades. The present lovely XF specimen is not recorded in their roster, and it is probably the fifth finest known of the late die state. The record four Mint State pieces (including one that is unverified) and a single AU55 example. The next piece in their listing grades XF40 but was once plugged. This new example is the fifth finest due to the unverified appearance.

    A wonderful pewter-gray specimen, this late state B-2 quarter has delicate gold toning on both sides with traces of pale blue. The surfaces show grade-consistent marks of no consequence. The centering is excellent and the eye appeal is strong. The advanced specialist will certainly welcome the opportunity to bid on a remarkable late die state example of the debut 1796 quarter dollar.(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# 23RA, PCGS# 5310)


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