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    Glittering MS61 1797 Ten Dollar, BD-4

    1797 $10 Large Eagle MS61 NGC. Breen-6834, Taraszka-12, BD-4, High R.4. Bass-Dannreuther Die State d/b, with faint die breaks on the reverse from the rim through the left side of R in AMERICA and another bisecting the C in the same word. This is the usual die state for the variety, as only a few examples of the perfect state--Die State d/a--are believed to exist. Only one obverse die was used to strike the three known 1797 Large Eagle tens. Three different reverse dies are differentiated in the Bass-Dannreuther reference on early gold by the style of the eagle's neck: BD-2 has a "long thin neck," BD-3 displays a "short thin neck," and BD-4, the variety offered here, shows a "long thick neck." Attributing this issue by the size and shape of the eagle's neck can be a complicated exercise, even when performing a side-by-side comparison. An infallible method of identifying the three Large Eagle varieties for the year is to observe the position of the reverse stars to the eagle's beak and cloud 4. Only on BD-2 and BD-4 does the upper point of the star point to the tip of the eagle's beak. The distinctive difference between those two variants is the position of the third star of the upper row in relation to cloud 4. On BD-4, the star floats in the field, but on BD-2 the star is connected to the cloud.
    This lovely example displays bright, yellow-gold surfaces and the often-seen semiprooflike finish in the fields. The strike is average for the issue, if not a bit sharper than usual, and we find no individual flaws or visual distractions worthy of mention. As of (3/09), NGC has certified 32 examples as MS61, with 17 graded finer--13 at the MS62 level.(Registry values: P3) (NGC ID# 25ZY, PCGS# 8559)

    Weight: 17.50 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    Apr-May, 2009
    29th-3rd Wednesday-Sunday
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