1804 QUARTER DOLLAR -
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 equally spaced, 4 is high, about half as far below bust as in [Browning] 1. Lower right star is further from drapery than in [Browning] 1. In LIBERTY, bottom space between B and E, is not much more than half that in [Browning] 1. The small mark in relief between the two upper stars at right is not found in this variety.
Reverse: The same as [Browning] 1.
Dies perfect. A very rare variety.
Date spaced 18 04, the 4 almost touching bust; BE close; no die cut.
Different obverse letter punches, not matching those on reverse.
Browning-2; not in Clapp; Duphorne 4; included in Breen-3883; not in Haseltine; Hilt 2 (obverse 4)
II. Triple clash marks, plainest on reverse.
III. Crack from end of drapery through last four (later, last five) stars.
Numerical Condition Census (RWM, Sr. [circa 1992]): 25, 20+, 20+, 15, 12, 12.
Quarter Dollars of 1805
Total number of pieces coined 121,394. Five varieties are known.
In the obverses of [Browning] 1 and 2, foot of 1 in date and T in LIBERTY are defective at left.