Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 84

January 25-28, 2015 Pre Long Beach

$2.50 Gold
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Lot 1852
1802, BD-1, Rarity 4. PCGS graded MS-62. PQ. John Dannreuther refers to this the "Spiked Shield" variety for the diagonal die line from the left corner of the shield to the eagle's wing. The die line actually pierces the left wing and continues about half way across. BD-1 is the most common variety of 1802 quarter eagles, yet it is estimated only about 90 to 120 examples are known in all grades. Another variety, BD-3, also has a similar die line from the left shield corner, but on BD-3 it is vertical instead of diagonal, joining the ribbon between the B and U of PLURIBUS. Lovely antique-gold surfaces create excellent eye appeal on each side of this piece. Some mint-made adjustment marks are noted on the obverse rims, and typical striking softness is detected at the central regions of each side. Both sides are lightly abraded, explaining the assigned grade.Pop 4; 8 finer in 63. (PCGS # 7650) .
Estimated Value $40,000 - 45,000.
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Lot 1853
1802. BD-1, Rarity 4. Sharpness of Fine, holed and soldered on the reverse. An affordable "filler" example of this early gold type.
Estimated Value $500 - 600.
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Lot 1854
1805 BD-1, Rarity 4. PCGS graded AU-50. CAC Approved. The only known die pairing for the year, only 1,781 Capped Bust quarter eagles were minted in 1805, and this issue is considered scarce-to-rare in all grades. In Early U.S. Gold Coin Varieties, John Dannreuther estimates a surviving population of 100 to 150 pieces, with most examples seen in the XF to AU levels.

The present example displays soft straw-gold color overall. Only a minor amount of striking softness is seen at the central regions, the peripheral striking details are well defined for such an early gold coin. Minor wear is discernible on the highpoints of the design elements, and numerous adjustment marks are reported at the center of the obverse center, a few more show on the digits of the date. There is a vertical scratch to the left of star 5 on the reverse and another mark under RT of LIBERTY, these being mentioned for future identification purposes. The quality and visual appeal of this survivor are confirmed by the CAC sticker on the PCGS holder. Pop 4; 39 finer at PCGS. (PCGS # 7653) .
Estimated Value $16,000 - 17,000.
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Lot 1855
1825. BD-2, High Rarity 4. PCGS graded MS-61. The variety with a recut 5 in the date and a distant fraction on the reverse. There are three die pairings for 1825 quarter eagles, and BD-2, the one featured in this lot, is the most available. A total of 4,434 pieces were struck of which an estimated 100-125 are still known. The 1825 is the most common of the five issues of this type but it is still, of course, a rare coin in all grades. Most survivors tend to come in the AU-50 to MS-60 range but the MS-61 here is a special treat. The prooflike surfaces of this Uncirculated representative offer bright yellow-gold coloration and radiant luster throughout. The devices exhibit needle-sharp striking detail with just a touch of highpoint softness over the eagle's shield. Small ticks and wispy marks are lightly scattered over each side, including one field mark to the right of star 2. Pop 10; 14 finer, 3 in 62, 5 in 63, 5 in 64, 1 in 67. (PCGS # 7664) .
Estimated Value $25,000 - 27,000.
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