Menu
Welcome Sign-In | Join Now
Sold for Sign-in or Join (free & quick) includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 

Description

Remarkable 1803 Extra Star Eagle, MS63
BD-5, Sharply Struck Example

1803 $10 Extra Star MS63 NGC. Breen-6845, Taraszka-30, BD-5, High R.4. Bass-Dannreuther Obverse State g / Reverse State b. Bass-Dannreuther refer to the BD-5 as the Large Reverse Stars, Extra Star variety, for the anomalous 14th star reposing atop the last cloud on the right reverse.
And they should know. After all, it was pioneering gold (primarily) researcher Harry W. Bass, Jr. who discovered that curiosity. There are six known die pairings among the 1803 eagles, all of which use the same obverse die. That die shows the 1 and 3 in the date, respectively, nearly touching the tops of the lowest curl and bottom of the drapery. The reverse dies, six in all, fall into two classes, Small Reverse Stars (BD-1 through BD-4) and Large Reverse Stars (BD-5 and BD-6).
Since the extra 14th star is sometimes (but not here) faint, numismatists use other diagnostics to discern the BD-5 reverse: a leaf tip points to the left side of the I in AMERICA; the first two A's, in STATES and the first in AMERICA, are complete, but the last A in AMERICA has a broken inside-right foot.
The BD-6, a notable rarity with only six to 10 examples known, shows the same broken inside-right foot on all three A's, so we know that the punch broke first on the BD-5's last A, after which the BD-6 reverse die was prepared.
As mentioned, here the extraneous star is much bolder than sometimes seen, a likely combination both of the overall excellent strike and lack of wear. Much luster emanates from the orange-gold fields, with some contrast against the frosted devices. Minor contact marks in the obverse fields are consistent with the Select grade, although some of the slight field haze is created by rather extensive planchet adjustment marks that are exclusively confined to the obverse. The reverse, in a later die state, shows a long die crack from the right (facing) side of the shield upward through the wing feathers, with a second die line (or clashing) from the ribbon up through the wing to the feather second from the top. A third small, arcing crack joins clouds 3 and 5 with star 3.
This is an extremely attractive coin, seemingly high-end for the assigned grade, with considerable prooflikeness appearing on each side but more prominently on the obverse. The bold strike and easily discerned extra star add further to the allure. An immensely important example of this historic issue. Census: 5 in 63, 2 finer (11/10). (PCGS# 88565)

Service and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  | NGC Coin Grading Guarantee  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Glossary of Terms

Auction Info

Auction Dates
January, 2011
5th-9th
Internet/Mail/Phone Bidders: 6
Members Tracking: N/A
Page Views: 1,120

Buyer's Premium per Lot:
15% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

Heritage membership

941,227
bidder-members
$878,327,059
sold in the last year

Join Now - It's Free

VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 

Consignments wanted

Only 2 days left to consign to the 2015 September 16 - 21 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach!

Learn about consigning with us

I appreciate the comfort level when consigning with Heritage -- I know the job will be done right.
S.E.,
Torrance, CA
View More Testimonials

HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit: compete.com

Video tutorial

Getting the most out of search

Recent auctions

2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN
2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN
REALIZED $8,308,723
2015 April 9 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
2015 April 9 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $6,503,481
2015 April 22 - 28 CSNS Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
2015 April 22 - 28 CSNS Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $10,592,191

© 2015 Heritage Auctions | All Rights Reserved