1827 P Capped Bust Quarters : Restrike - Square Base 2 in 25c

Type 1 - Large Diameter - With Motto

Mintage: N/A
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: John Reich
Metal Composition: 89% Silver - 11% Copper

Diameter: 27 mm
Mass / Weight: 6.74 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1827 Capped Bust Quarter - Restrike - Square Base 2
All 1827 Capped Bust Quarters are extremely rare and valuable. There were two major varieties: One was an original strike and the other was a Restrike. The variety depicted above is the restrike variety.

Two Restrike Versions: There were two types of restrikes classified as Period One (Class 2 / II) and Period Two (Class 3 / III). All restrikes appear to have a die crack through the letter "U" in "UNITED" on the reverse of the coin and all restrikes are said to have been struck in the late 1850s - but not all experts agree on this. Only a handful of restrikes are known in both silver and copper pieces.

Period One (Class II) coins were struck over bust quarters and have very little rust. Some theories say they were actually struck in the 1830s due to the availability of bust quarters and the dies still being in good shape. Period Two (Class III) restrikes are easily identified by a very gritty surface on both sides of the coin which was the result of very rusted dies. Some experts believe these coins were struck decades later in the 1850s because it would have taken time for the dies to get severely rusted compared to the smooth Period One (Class II) coins.

The difference between the original vs restrike can be found by studying the reverse of the coin - the "25 C." denomination in particular. The original had a curled base on the "2" in "25". Whereas the restrike had a squared based "2" instead. The difference between the curl base 2 vs square base 2 is depicted below in the example comparison image of the coins:

1827 Capped Bust Quarter -Original vs Restrike - Curl Base 2 vs Square Base 2 - Difference and Comparison
Coin valuation chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth per grade or condition - in USD
Good
(G-4)
Very Good
(VG-8)
Fine
(F-12)
Very Fine
(VF-20)
Extremely Fine
(EF-40)
About Uncirculated
(AU-50)
Uncirculated
(MS-60)
Uncirculated
(MS-63)
Proof
(PR-63)
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