Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $157.5
David Akers (1975/88): There are two main varieties for this year. the first has a compact date and 4 berries on the reverse. The other major variety, significantly more rare, has a widely spaced date and 5 berries on the reverse. Both varieties of this year have a unique obverse star configuration; namely 6 stars to the left, and 7 to the right. No other date of this type has a similar arrangement.
Despite the fact that there are three auction records for "proofs", I do not believe that true proofs really exist. Most likely the three pieces listed were merely pieces with full proof-like surfaces. By far, the finest 1798 quarter eagle that I have seen was a gem owned a few years ago by Stack's.
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