First this week, a request from Winston Zack:
The piece is at least double struck, and probably double struck off-center. But in all other respects this piece appears to be a double-struck transfer die counterfeit. As a transfer die I should, in theory, be able to identify the obverse and reverse die which matches this piece.
NGC Certifies New Bust Quarter Variety
The numbering system for early quarter dollars was devised by Ard W. Browning and published in his 1925 book, The Early Quarter Dollars of the United States. Though this reference has since been superseded by two superior works produced within the past ten years, early quarters are still attributed by numismatists according to Browning numbers.
Reverse T is easily identified by its broken upper arrow shaft and lower arrow head. This same die state is seen on the scarce 1823/2 quarters, but the die was subsequently repaired before use with the three later dates. These 1824/2, 1825 and 1828 quarters reveal an engraving scratch from the lower arrow head that attests to its repair.
NGC was selected to certify this presently unique coin after its owner, a collector in Illinois, contacted Heritage Auctions. His photos were sent to Heritage Auctions President Greg Rohan, who shared them with Senior Numismatist Mark Borckardt and Cataloger John Sculley. It was on their advice that the owner met with NGC Research Director David W. Lange at a coin show, where Lange accepted the coin for certification. It was carefully studied for authenticity, grade and variety before being certified by NGC as AG 3, B-3, Discovery Coin.
The subject coin is worn in a pattern that suggests the dies were not perfectly aligned. Its obverse is more worn at the left, while its reverse shows greater wear at the right. The quarter is naturally toned, with lighter relief elements that give it a slight cameo quality, and a subtle planchet lamination is visible at 8 o'clock obverse. The coin's owner has not announced any plans for his rarity.
NGC will attribute all Browning varieties under its VarietyPlus Service for a fee of $15 above the grading tier fee. Coins already certified by NGC may be submitted to have an eligible variety attributed at this same $15 fee, which includes the cost of reholdering. Learn more about VarietyPlus at NGCcoin.com/VarietyPlus.
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