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The Seated Liberty quarter made its debut in 1838. Some numismatists, including Walter Breen, consider the first three issues, that is those with 'No Drapery,' to be separate design types. Breen writes in his Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins (1988):
'During summer 1838, the new Engraver, Christian Gobrecht, completed device punches for the new quarter dollars. These copied neither the dollars of 1836 nor the half dollars of 1837-38, but combined the dollars' Liberty Seated motif by Thomas Sully with a version of the old Reich-Kneass eagle, the denomination was for the first time expressed as QUAR DOL. 'Regular production coinage began Sept. 29, 1838. Only 466,000 were struck, a figure oddly close to the annual totals for 1839 and 1840-O of this design (491,146 and 382,200, respectively). That made this type, in the original Sully-Gobrecht conception, one of the shortest-lived of all. 'Understandably, these 'No Drapery' coins have lately become recognized as scarce in all grades and very rare in mint state.'
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