David Akers (1975/88): One of the three most common dates of this type, the other two being the 1802/1 and 1807. However, common by early quarter eagle standards is rare by any other standars, and probably no more than 75 to 100 1805 quarter eagles exist in all grades. The obverse stars are arranged 7 to the left and 6 to the right as they were in 1797. The 5 in the date is very small in proportion to the other three numerals. Most specimens that I have seen are proof-like or partially so, and adjustment marks are commonplace, as they are on most early U.S. gold coins. The number of auction records for uncirculated pieces is a bit surprising since I have found the 1805 to be just as rare in Unc. as the 1802/1 or 1804 and certainly more rare than the 1807.
Catherine Bullowa’s Personal Collection - Coinhunter 12/2005:397, $253,000
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