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Draped Bust Quarter Coins FAQs
The Draped Bust Quarter, minted from 1796 to 1807, features two primary design types on its reverse:
Small Eagle (1796-1797): The initial design of the Draped Bust Quarter featured a small eagle on the reverse, perched on a cloud and surrounded by a wreath. This design was used for only two years and is based on the Great Seal of the United States.
Heraldic Eagle (1804-1807): In 1804, the design was changed to feature a larger, heraldic eagle on the reverse. This eagle design was more spread out, with a shield on its chest, and was surrounded by stars and clouds. Above the eagle is an "E PLURIBUS UNUM" banner, and below it are arrows and an olive branch, symbolizing war and peace respectively.
The obverse of both types features the Draped Bust design of Liberty, but it's the reverse designs that distinguish the two types. The gap between 1797 and 1804 without any quarters being minted is notable. When production resumed in 1804, it was with the new Heraldic Eagle design.