1830 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle. BD-1, the only known dies. Rarity-4. Die State a/a. AU-53 (PCGS).
Attractive AU 1830 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle
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Die Variety: The only known dies for the year. The obverse die has 138 dentils and is crisply engraved. The reverse has 149 dentils and shows minor repunching left on the U of UNITED and also the I of AMERICA. This reverse die was new in 1830 and was used through the end of the series in mid-1834. The first 2 in the denomination has a distinctive curl base, while the prior reverse die used in 1829 has a square or flat base 2 before the fraction. The period after the denomination is smaller on the 1830 reverse die, while the period is very large on the 1829 reverse.
Die State: a/a. Both dies, no lapping, no clashing, no cracks.
Mintage: 4,540 coins.
Estimated surviving population: 80 to 100 coins.
Strike: A fully struck example, reflecting the strength of the new Muhlenberg coining press. The sunken lip feature on the dies creates the raised solid lip around the rim of the coins struck.
Surfaces: Pleasing rich orange-gold blends with delicate copper accents in the fields. The attractive surfaces display minimal signs of circulation handling.
Commentary: The bead-like dentils are smaller on this new 1830 reverse die than those seen on the previous die of 1829.
Q. David Bowers: Here is another attractive quarter eagle, a nice candidate for a fine collection.
PCGS# 7670. NGC ID: 25FL.
Pedigree: From the Dr. James A. Ferrendelli Collection. Earlier from Bowers and Merena, February 1986, by private treaty.
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