1803 $10 Extra Star MS61 NGC....
NGC documents only five 1803 Extra Star tens at the MS61 level with 20 coins grading finer (9/08); however, we must make note of three additional Large Reverse Star eagles in the Census Report; an MS61 and two MS62 pieces. This information is important in that the three additional examples may be BD-5 coins. Of the six known varieties for this issue, the first four die marriages use small stars on the reverse while BD-5 and BD-6 have large stars. Since BD-6 is a very rare variety with fewer than 10 examples believed to be extant in all grades, it is possible that the population data for this variety could be higher by three coins. Nonetheless, BD-5 is anything but common in Mint State condition. The eagle offered here is a pleasing survivor, displaying green-gold coloration and ample luster, especially in the protected areas. Adjustment marks--common to the series--are noted through the upper reverse, for the sake of full disclosure. And while the strike of the current coin is average for the issue, its overall eye appeal will ensure aggressive bidding activity. (PCGS# 88565)
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