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    1805 B-3 Quarter, MS65
    The Second Finest 1805 Quarter

    1805 25C B-3, R.1, MS65 PCGS. CAC. Tompkins Die State 5/2. The obverse has a die crack through star 4 to the hair ribbon, another from the rim through the 5 to the drapery, and a third from the digit 1 through the outer points of stars 1 and 2 to the border. The reverse has a fine die crack through the tops of STAT that does not continue to the top of ES.

    Nearly a year passed from the single 1804 quarter delivery dated June 12, to the first of seven 1805 deliveries, dated April 29. The Philadelphia Mint coined 121,394 quarters from April 29 to July 31, 1805, then another intermission occurred until the first delivery of 1806 dated May 26. The timing suggests that all the Draped Bust quarters were minted in the actual year shown on the coins. Tompkins suggests that the B-3 die combination was struck fourth out of the five known varieties, meaning that this piece was minted in either June or July of that year.

    This is the only MS65 Browning-3 1805 quarter PCGS has certified, and currently that service shows one other MS65 example (a Browning-1 coin). No MS65 examples of any variety appear in NGC holders, although that service lists a single MS66, the well-known Browning-2 example formerly in the Koshkarian Collection, and which later traded hands in our January 2008 FUN Signature auction for $402,500 as lot 2775. Clearly, the present piece is tied for second-finest among all 1805 quarters that exist.

    This lovely Gem has an exquisite strike with only slight weakness at the top of the obverse and bottom of the reverse. All other details are bold. The surfaces exhibit satiny silver luster beneath attractively blended rose, violet, and blue toning. This is a highly appealing example for the advanced type or variety collector, and arguably the second-finest known among all 1805 Draped Bust quarters as the sole example with CAC endorsement at the Gem level. Population: 2 in 65, 0 finer. CAC: 1 in 65, 0 finer (11/19).
    Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2016), lot 5325.
    From The Joseph D. Osborne Collection. (NGC ID# 23RC, Variety PCGS# 38925, Base PCGS# 5313)

    Weight: 6.74 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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

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