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1804 QUARTER DOLLAR -
BROWNING 1

Rarity: Very Scarce

The following is reprinted with permission from “The Early Quarter Dollars of the United States 1796-1838” by A.W. Browning, completely updated by Walter Breen, copyright 1992 by Bowers and Merena Galleries, Inc.:

Obverse: Date not equally spaced, 4 is low, about twice as far below bust as in [Browning] 2.  Lower right star is nearer drapery than in [Browning] 2; upper left star points to almost the bottom of L.  In LIBERTY, bottom space between B and E, is almost double that in [Browning] 2.  A small mark in relief, caused by a cut or a flaw in the die, is found between the two upper stars at right, touching one point of next to upper star.

Reverse: In UNITED, D touches end of third from upper feather in eagle’s wing at left.

Dies perfect in early impressions; in later pieces obverse is cracked as follows: (a) Cracked in two places; from edge to bust through 0 in date; from right edge toward bust between second and third star from bottom; (b) A third crack on bust and in field, beginning on the drapery near hair, extending over neck to chin, and appearing in field just below lower lip.  This variety is scarce in common condition and rare if sharp.

Date spaced 1 8 04, the 4 low; die cut between eighth and ninth stars.

Browning-1; Clapp-1; Duphorne-3; included in Breen-3883; Haseltine-1; Hilt 1 (obverse 3).

Date punches as on cents; obverse letter punches match some on reverse.

Die states:
I. Perfect.  Least scarce.
II. Clash marks from wing near neck and bust.
III. First crack in Browning’s state A.
IV. Crack described in Browning’s state B.
V. Second crack in Browning’s state A.  Rare.

Numerical Condition Census (RWM, Sr. [circa 1992]): 66, 63, 62, 60, 60, 60

Recent appearances:
Fine-12.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 160, illustrated, sold for $2,357.50

Fine-12.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 161, illustrated, sold for $2,415.00


Fine-12.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 1430, illustrated, sold for $2,783.00