Rare NGC-certified 1792 Pattern Quarter Stars in Heritage Auctions Sale

Posted on 4/21/2021

The April sale also includes two rare 1870 Double Eagles from the Carson City Mint.

Over 1,100 rare coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) are being offered in Heritage Auctions’ Central States US Coins Signature Auction. While selections from the NGC-certified Partrick Collection dominate the sale, including a 1776 Silver Continental Dollar, there are other NGC-certified rarities being offered as well. Online bidding is underway and concludes April 22-25, 2021.

A 1792 Judd-13 Pattern Quarter graded NGC AU 58 (lot 4960) is one of only four known examples. The design is attributed to artist Joseph Wright, who worked with the US Mint on the creation of the pattern. Owned by the New-York Historical Society, the debut of this coin at public auction is itself a historical moment.

1792 Judd-13 Pattern Quarter graded NGC AU 58
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Patterns like this one were crafted in the early 1790s as the US Mint prepared to roll out a national coinage. When the Mint finally issued its first quarters until 1796, they had some similarities to this pattern, including a woman below the word LIBERTY on the obverse and an eagle with its wings spread surrounded by the words UNITED STATES OF AMERICA on the reverse.

Two examples of another great rarity are being offered: the 1870-CC Double Eagle. After beginning operations in 1870, the Carson City Mint struck 3,789 of these Double Eagles. Only a few dozen examples are believed to have survived, making this a key date of the series.

1870-CC $20 graded NGC XF 40
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All graded examples show signs of circulation, including the two in this sale, which are graded NGC XF 40 (lot 5173) and NGC XF 45 (lot 5174).

This sale offers additional NGC-certified rarities such as the first-known example of a Sacagawea-Presidential Dollar Mule, as well as the other following NGC-certified highlights:

  • a 1796 Quarter graded NGC AU 55 (lot 5016)
  • a 1796 Half Dollar (15 Stars) graded NGC XF 45 (lot 5034)
  • an 1895 Silver Dollar graded NGC PF 68 (lot 5080)
  • an 1833 Quarter Eagle graded NGC PF 61 (lot 5119)
  • an 1864 Eagle graded NGC PF 63★ Ultra Cameo (lot 5145)

All bids are provided by the auction house in US Dollars.

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