||1825 $2 1/2 MS65 NGC. CAC. BD-2, High R.4. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a. A fully prooflike, reflective sheen covers the obverse of this fantastic Gem 1825 quarter eagle, while the reverse is semiprooflike overall, with reflective areas contrasted against some patches of light mint frost. This is clearly an early strike from dies that were fresh on each side. The entire mintage of the 1825 quarter eagles was 4,434 pieces, the majority of them (given the survival ratios) the more-available BD-2 variety of the present coin, as the BD-1 is ranked High R.6. Both varieties share a common reverse that was first employed in 1821, showing the 1 and 2 in the fraction both distant from the fraction bar and a large D in the denomination. The obverse of the BD-2 is distinguished by a recut 5 in the date that tilts sharply to the left in relation to the other digits. The flag of the 5 is blunt, and the top and bottom of the 5 are both lower than the 2. Recutting shows clearly atop the flag of the 5 on this piece, typical of examples from the early die state seen here. The greenish-gold surfaces on this piece are bathed in generous luster, showing no signs of post-Mint contact. A small planchet flaw just below star 9 provides a pedigree identifier. The strike is razor-sharp throughout both sides on a well-centered planchet. Exceptionally bold detailing appears in Liberty's hair on the obverse and in the eagle's wing feathers, claws, and arrows on the reverse. This remarkable Gem is the sole example in the MS65 grade at NGC, bettered by a single MS66 (another example is graded MS63 Prooflike at that service). This piece is also the sole finest example with the CAC approval. Lovers of top-quality coins should bid fiercely to obtain this Gem example. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $141000.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.