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    Mint State 1797 Large Eagle Ten Dollar, BD-4

    1797 $10 Large Eagle MS60 NGC. Breen-6834, Taraszka-12, BD-4, High R.4. This variety of 1797 eagle has the stars arranged 10 and 6 on the obverse, the only obverse used with the Large Eagle reverses. The last 7 in the date shows a marked die crack running from the rim upward onto the drapery and the lower hair waves. On the reverse the eagle has a long and thick neck, almost appearing triangular underneath the scroll. The breast is thick, and the stars are arranged in an "unusual" cross pattern: Stars 7, 8, and 9 are in line, and star 3 is in the row with stars 7 and 8. The bundled arrowheads extend past the center of the N in UNITED, one nearly to the right side of the N.
    John Dannreuther comments that this variant is a "little known subvariety of the Large Eagle type. It has a different style eagle with a long, thicker neck. It is a transitional reverse between the tall and short neck reverse. Because these devices are hubbed, the first reverse punch may have been modified to create this subvariety. This style eagle reverse is unique to this variety, as are the other two eagles for BD-2 and BD-3."
    Dannreuther further notes that the 1797 eagles are like no other early gold coin, as four different reverse styles (counting the Small Eagle reverse) were used to make the two types for the year. The BD-4, at High R.4 (90-110 known), is considered "very scarce" and only slightly more available than the BD-3, rated R.5 (40-50 known, or "rare"). The BD-2 is another High R.4 variety, and the Small Eagle BD-1 is again considered R.5, or rare. The rarity rankings here mean that the BD-2 and BD-4 are the varieties most likely to appear at auction among 1797 eagles, for those attempting to assemble a type or date set.
    The present coin offers much appeal for the MS60 grade, and indeed one wonders if the grading is not overly conservative. There are no adjustment marks noted on the obverse, and they appear only faintly through the horizontal shield stripes on the center reverse. The surfaces overall are bright yellow-gold and the reverse sparkles with semiprooflikeness. Sharply defined throughout.
    From The Omaha Collection.(Registry values: P3) (NGC ID# 25ZY, PCGS# 8559)

    Weight: 17.50 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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    January, 2009
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