Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 


    1795 Small Eagle Ten Dollar, AU50
    BD-2, 13 Leaves, Popular First Year of Issue

    1795 $10 13 Leaves AU50 PCGS. Breen-6830, Taraszka-2, BD-2, High R.4. The first eagles were struck in mid-to-late September 1795, and on September 22 the first group -- 1,097 coins -- was delivered. The second batch, numbering 200 coins, was delivered two days later. There are no records of any deliveries until March 6, 1796, when 5,583 eagles were delivered. Most of these eagles are believed to have been dated 1795, and Dannreuther (2006) writes that Mint officials paid little attention to the date when striking gold, and there are numerous instances where gold coins were struck in different years than was stated on the obverse.
    The Mint recorded an emission of 5,583 eagles for 1795, but Dannreuther believes that the total mintage must have been at least 5,859 pieces. Dannreuther suggests that the mintage may even be as high as 10,915 coins, which would mean that 1795-dated eagles were struck well into 1796 and possibly even in 1797.
    There are five varieties of 1795 eagles, struck from three obverse dies and three reverse dies. These varieties are divided into two major types: 13 leaves and 9 leaves. The 9 leaves reverse was used only on BD-3 and is very rare with fewer than two dozen examples believed to exist. Of the four 13 leaves reverse varieties BD-1 is the most available with between 225 and 325 survivors.
    The present coin is the BD-2 variety. The obverse can be identified by the widely spaced date, with the tip of the 5 touching the bust, and the distance between star 11 and the Y in LIBERTY. On the reverse, one of the leaves in the branch nearly touches the U in UNITED. Dannreuther believes that 90 to 110 examples of this variety still exist from an original mintage of 1,500 to 2,332 coins.
    The surfaces of this specimen have an attractive olive-gold patination. The obverse has two series of light, horizontal adjustment marks, which are often seen on early silver and gold coinage. A planchet flaw on Liberty's jaw is noted, and there is a small mark on the upright of the R in AMERICA as well as several small abrasions to the left of the eagle's head. The strike is soft at the centers, but the peripheral details are bold. An attractive example from the first year of the ten dollar gold piece.(Registry values: P5) (NGC ID# 25ZU, PCGS# 8551)

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  | PCGS Guarantee of Grade and Authenticity  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2011
    11th-14th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,221

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

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    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
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 38 days left to consign to the 2017 July 31 - August 8 ANA World Coins Signature Auction - Denver!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I know for a fact that the sale by Heritage was way beyond what I was offered by other people. If I had to do it over again, I would absolutely choose Heritage again.
    Charles Ruffing Jr,
    Phoenixville, PA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $9,829,887
    2017 April 7 - 10 CCE World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    2017 April 7 - 10 CCE World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED SO FAR $6,345,877
    2017 January 5 - 9 FUN World Currency Signature Auction -
    2017 January 5 - 9 FUN World Currency Signature Auction -
    REALIZED $1,283,993