August 2014 Chicago ANA Lot #11019

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
8/6/2014 4:30:00 PM8/6/2014 11:59:00 PM
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To view more detailed information on the collection click hereDie Variety: The obverse die has a thin top to the 5, which is even with the top and bottom of the 2. The left base of 1 between dentils, 114 dentils on the obverse (previous 100 and 98 dentils seen). The reverse die continues from 1821 with the 1/2 fraction digits distant from the fraction bar and large D in denomination. The 1825 quarter eagle has a mintage of 4,434, and incredibly, three different die varieties are known. BD-1 and BD-3 are represented by a dozen or so coins; BD-2 is more plentiful, as 80 to 100 are known.Die State: a/a. Both dies are free of any cracks or clashing evidence. The obverse die was retired after the short-lived production of this variety; although no reason is known it must have suffered a failure to require replacement or it likely would have been used again in 1825 or later.Estimated mintage for the variety: 250 to 750 coins out of 4,434 struck of the date. Estimated surviving population: 12 to 15 coins.Strike: The obverse devices are all boldly struck and the fields show nearly full reflectivity. Examination of the reverse finds a matching bold strike on the eagle and shield, but with some lightly struck areas seen in places.Surfaces: The attractive surfaces hold up well under examination, and the delicate mirror fields show only light handling evidence with no distracting marks or nicks. Attractive toning blends crimson-copper over deep orange-gold on both sides. An outstanding rarity in any grade, this pleasing Mint State coin is undoubtedly one of the finest known of this rare die pairing. Commentary: One example exists in the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection that was first struck about 50 percent off-center, and then struck properly a second time. Traces of the first strike are present, and this coin is plated in the Bass-Dannreuther reference on page 96. Q. David Bowers: This is a lovely example of the variety. Likely, as the Bass-Dannreuther text increases its distribution, interest in die varieties will expand.John W. Dannreuther: The BD-2 variety for this year is available, so the two rare issues have seen little demand, as collectors can obtain the date. However, this BD-1 example and the BD-3 two lots later are true rarities. Both varieties are nearly R-7 and if they were in heavily collected series such as large cents, they would be mega-rarities bringing mid six-figure prices. The astute collector will recognize that such quarter eagle rarities will be more appreciated as time passes. 

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  • Lot 11017

    1821 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle. BD-1, the only known dies. Rarity-5. Die State a/a. AU-55 (PCGS).

    Current Bid: 18500.00

    1821 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle. BD-1, the only known dies. Rarity-5. Die State a/a. AU-55 (PCGS).

  • Lot 11018

    1824/1 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle. BD-1, the only known dies. Rarity-5. Die State a/a. AU-58 (PCGS).

    Current Bid: 21000.00

    1824/1 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle. BD-1, the only known dies. Rarity-5. Die State a/a. AU-58 (PCGS).

  • Lot 11019

    1825 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle. BD-1. Rarity-6+. Die State a/a. Thin Top 5, Distant Fraction. MS-62 (NGC).

    Current Bid: 31250.00

    1825 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle. BD-1. Rarity-6+. Die State a/a. Thin Top 5, Distant Fraction. MS-62 (NGC).

  • Lot 11020

    1825 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle. BD-2. Rarity-4+. Die State a/a. Recut 5, Distant Fraction. AU-55 (PCGS). CAC.

    Current Bid: 16000.00

    1825 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle. BD-2. Rarity-4+. Die State a/a. Recut 5, Distant Fraction. AU-55 (PCGS). CAC.

  • Lot 11021

    1825 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle. BD-3. Rarity-6+. Die State a/a. Recut 5, Close Fraction. MS-61 (PCGS).

    Current Bid: 26000.00

    1825 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle. BD-3. Rarity-6+. Die State a/a. Recut 5, Close Fraction. MS-61 (PCGS).

  • Lot 11022

    1826/6 (a.k.a. 1826/'5') Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle. BD-1, the only known dies. Die State a/a. AU-58 (NGC).

    Current Bid: 36250.00

    1826/6 (a.k.a. 1826/