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    1840-O Drapery Quarter, Large O, MS64
    Briggs 1-A, FS-501, Doubled Denticles

    1840-O 25C Drapery, Large O, FS-501, Briggs 1-A, MS64 PCGS. CAC. Only 43,000 1840-O Drapery quarters were struck, Large O and Small O variants combined, compared to 382,200 examples of the No Drapery issue. Cherrypickers' calls the Large O mintmark "25% larger" than the normal mintmark, but an easier way to distinguish the Large O versus Small O is the centering and shape. The Large O is elongated and neatly centered at the apex of the fletchings and olive stem tip, whereas the Small O (Briggs Reverse B) is rounded and shifted perceptibly to the left (facing the coin). Briggs notes this curious reverse:

    "[Two] sets of dentils were hand cut into the dies. The first set was 0.9 mm high and faint. The second set was 0.7 mm high, boldly cut, and centered over the gaps of the first set. This gives the appearance of diagonal spurs running off the corners of the second cut dentils. A die crack runs from the rim through the left upright of the 'N' in 'UNITED' to the wing. A die bulge is at the juncture of right wing and shield. Also another at the lower right thigh -- field area."



    In his 1991 series reference, Briggs called the 1840-O Large O Drapery quarter R.6 in all grades, adding that it was "to date" the rarest collectible Seated Liberty quarter. This attractive near-Gem offers muted luster over golden-gray surfaces accented with pale blue and coppery tones near the rims.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 395925, Base PCGS# 5398)

    Weight: 6.68 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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