1802 $2.5 MS62 NGC
BD-1, R.4. This is the more common die pairing of the year, and it is quickly identifiable by a thin die line connecting the second feather down on the right wing to the upper part of the first A in AMERICA. Another heavy die line extends from near the top of the shield left into the wing towards the D of UNITED. Research has shown (Mark Borckardt and the Harry Bass Foundation) that the so called overdate does not exist on quarter eagles, and perhaps entered the numismatic mainstream due to the commonness of the 1802/1 dollars and half eagles. Close examination reveals a thin die line connecting the upper loop of the 2 to its diagonal shaft, however, this should not be confused as an undertype 1. In the 1960s Breen Monograph on the series, both the Breen-1 and Breen-3 varieties are apparently the same die pairing as further research has shown.
As to the strike, we note minor weakness at the centers, as often seen, with the curls around Liberty's ear slightly weak, and similarly weak on the eagle's head and neck with few feathers showing definition, elsewhere the strike is sharp. The coin presents a bright yellow-golden finish over substantial luster. The fields show very few handling marks. There are no traces of adjustment marks which we could find. Perfect for the type, date or variety collector who demands an Uncirculated example. (PCGS 7650)