1824 B-1 Bust Quarter G-T-G : 200 Year Anniversary
It's been a while since I’ve been able to do another one of these Browning variety posts, and unfortunately 1824 is another lean year with just one variety.
The 1824 Browning-1 variety is called an R-3 in both the Rea/Peterson/Karoleff/Kovach book on bust quarters, and the Tompkins book. The Tompkins book notes the obverse has a dentil count of 126, the reverse has a dentil count of 124, the edge reed count is 108, and at least 2 proofs are known from this die pairing.
The obverse die for the 1824 marriage is used for only the 1824 B-1. The reverse die was reworked after being used for the 1823 die marriage. The arrowheads were completed, and a die engraving line was left coming off the lowest arrowhead extending towards the end of the olive branch.
The reverse die is a favorite of mine as it went on to be used with the 1825 B-1 and 1828 B-2 die marriages.
This die marriage is somewhat easy to find in lower grades, but can be prohibitive in higher grades. An uncirculated example is difficult to locate and often expensive. As an example, the recent Legend sale of the Perfection Collection of bust quarters contained an AU example despite most all of the other coins in the set having uncirculated grades. While uncirculated 1824’s don’t appear often, a PCGS MS62 CAC example did just recently pop up on EBay for $92,400.00, which seems a tad high.
The example below was submitted to PCGS a number of years ago in an NGC holder for crossing. Feel free to try and guess the NGC and/or PCGS grade if you'd like. Comments are always welcome, and if you have an 1824 B-1, please post a picture of it.