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Turban Tuesday: 1821 Capped Bust Quarter NGC VF20 Rare B-6 Variety

 
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 Posted 02/02/2021  1:41 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CCFPress to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
1821 25C B-6, R.7. VF20 NGC. Usual Die State. Star 7 points to turban similar to B-1; I below space between AT. Although the surfaces are lightly hairlined, this is a natural light to medium gray example that still qualified for certification by NGC. The Browning-6 variety was discovered in January 1991 by Aram Haroutunian, who, believe it or not, discovered the second specimen just a few days after he found the first. Both of those coins are lower grade than this example from the Reiver Collection. The reverse has a tiny rim nick over ED of UNITED.



A remarkably rare coin, the most recent (July 2003) John Reich Quarter Census shows a total of 4 examples of this variety known, with the census reading 30, 25 (the present coin--now NGC VF20), 8 and 3. For the specialist, this is one of the highlights of the early Capped Bust quarters.

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I just love circulation cameo on old bust coinage, no matter how subtle.
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jbuck! To think there are only 4 of these varieties found so far since they were made and the discovery was made only days later another example by the same person gets found, now those are Super Lotto odds I'd bet. That's why VAM searching was so much fun right before the TOP 100 book came out. Having the knowledge that others aren't privy to yet and being turned lose at a major coin show. (not quite insider trading) but it's hard to fathom how the two of only four were so close together, I'd love to know more about the discovery of the second coin, was it found at a show? Same show? Of Shop? Were both coins in a similar geographical location?

Off to my archives of John Reich Society Journals to see if I can find more information on the backstory of the second example.


Remember the Gobrecht dollar I posted on? Where it had a missing back story and was sold before it was known to be one of the first struck with an incredible provenance? http://goccf.com/t/352378 The day the announcement is finally made after years of looking for it, the dollar was found. Right under the nose - so to speak, at the same show the announcement was made.
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So far all I can find on the discovery piece and subsequent other examples is from John Reich Collectors Society Journal Volume 7 Number 3, Whole Issue Number 20 on page 19 in an article on the die diagnostics of this variety, by John W. McCloskey


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This variety was first identified by Aram H. Haroutunian in California over a year ago.

The discovery coin grades about VF and is still owned by Mr. Haroutunian. He has searched for additional examples of this variety in recent months and was able to find a second specimen which he sold to Larry Briggs. This is the coin that was sent to me for examination and it grades a solid VG-8. Other examples of this new variety are bound to be identified as other collectors learn how to identify it and study their examples of this date. It would be impossible to determine the rarity of this new variety at this time. A rarity rating will only emerge over an extended period of time with more research.




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The most exciting thing about the identification of the 1821 B6 quarter is that it has a reverse that has never been previously identified. After many years of study there are still a few varieties being discovered in the Bust silver series. These are invariably varieties that are now marriages of previously identified dies. The 1821 B6 quarter represents the identification of a new reverse die, adding to the collection of dies that were used to strike the early silver coinage of the United States.


Goes to show even coin series from 200 years ago still have undiscovered secrets lurking in them. Research is key don't believe there is nothing new left to find, though rare as they should be new discoveries still happen. With enough knowledge, and perseverance as well as searching you could be the next lucky person to find something special.

Heck I even found one (sort of) I gave up as I didn't believe it was a new discovery, yet I sold the coin off to Larry Briggs who later did properly identify it as a brand new undiscovered VAM variety. Just missed that one - DOH! It was the 1878-S Long Arrow Nock B1 Reverse VAM-72, I actually found two long arrow nocks in that collection I purchased off eBay as well as a nice 1878-P 8TF VAM-9 in EF45. One 78-S coin was VF (the VAM-72) the other was a nicer EF40/45 (Vam-26). The collection had already been looked at by a so called variety expert as well, so always trust yourself, others, even experts may miss the obvious.
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