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    Finest Certified 1805 Quarter, B-2
    A Highly Lustrous MS66 Example

    1805 25C MS66 NGC. B-2, R.3. The year 1805 was actually only the third year that the young U.S. Mint produced quarters. Both of the previous issues, in 1796 and 1804, saw skimpy mintages of around 6,000 pieces. By contrast, the 1805 saw a generous emission for the time of 121,394 coins, and there are four known Browning varieties for the date. On the B-2 variety, the 5 in the date touches the bust, it is in italic style, slants left, and is too close to the 0. Star 1 is about twice as far from the hair curl as star 13 is from the drapery. Star 7 and the L in LIBERTY, and star 8 and the Y are about equally distant. The R in LIBERTY is weak at the right side. On the reverse there is a wide gap in the dentilation above the E in STATES. The C in the denomination 25 C. just touches the eagle's tail, which is long and tapers to a flat point. The first A in AMERICA touches the second and third feathers on the eagle's right (facing) wing.
    What distinguishes this amazing coin from other high-grade 1805 quarters, as well as other early type coins, is the mint frost. On most early type coins, the luster is satiny and, frankly, can be rather undistinguished. This piece has mint frost that is similar to that seen on coins struck much later, such as Morgan dollars, Standing Liberty quarters, or Walking Liberty halves. Both sides are brilliant also, which allows the full impact of the mint frost to be seen by the viewer. The design elements are a bit softly detailed over the highpoints, but the surfaces are bereft of any noticeable abrasions. Die clashing shows on the reverse, as well as light roller marks in the center of that side.
    A perusal of the combined population data from NGC and PCGS shows that this stunning Premium Gem is the finest graded 1805 quarter at either service, regardless of variety. PCGS has graded a single example (unattributed as to variety) in MS65, while the NGC Census Report also shows a single unattributed MS65 specimen (12/07).
    From The Madison Collection.(Registry values: P5) (NGC ID# 23RC, 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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