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


    1797 Small Eagle Ten, BD-1, XF45
    R.5, Rarest Small Eagle Year

    1797 $10 Small Eagle XF45 NGC. BD-1, R.5. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/b. The 1797 Small Eagle ten dollar pieces are among the present cataloger's favorite varieties of early gold. What were they thinking? Even though both the 1796 and 1797 Small Eagle tens display 16 stars on the obverse, the 1796 type shows the stars arranged nicely and symmetrically, 8 left, 8 right. The 1797 Small Eagle tens show a bizarre, lopsided appearance that is unique in early American numismatics, 12 stars crowding the left periphery so much that star 1 collides with the date, while 4 stars line the right periphery, leaving much "white space" between the lowest star and the date.

    The 1795 Small Eagle tens show the stars arranged 10 left, 5 right, but in mid-1796 Tennessee joined the Union as the 16th state, necessitating the 16 Star arrangement before the Mint wisely chose to revert to the "original 13" star layout for (most) subsequent coinage.

    If one tries to visualize how the 1797 tens would appear without star 1 bumping into the date, the arrangement would not be so bad, but that lowest-left star ruins any attempt to escape strangeness.

    As we mentioned on the 1796 Small Eagle from the same consignor, the 1796 and 1797 issues are both distinct subtypes in U.S. coinage; they share the same reverse, in fact, although it is of the 11 Leaves type rather than the 9 Leaves and 13 Leaves reverses seen on the 1795 Small Eagle issues.

    This Choice XF NGC-certified piece shows attractive golden-orange color with some deeper brownish-gold areas around the rims. The branching die cracks below star 16 on the obverse are accompanied by a small patch of scratches in the field before Liberty's throat, with another small patch out from the chin near star 14. Neither patch is overt or overly distracting. The reverse displays a few scattered, small dark flecks, and diagonal planchet adjustment marks appear through the eagle's breast and left leg. Much original surface remains on both sides of this appealing and quite rare early gold eagle.
    From Christopher Bently's Nob Hill Collection.(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# BFYN, PCGS# 8555)

    Fees, Shipping, 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
    Feb-Mar, 2014
    27th-2nd Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,489

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    17.5% 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 31 days left to consign to the 2017 June 21 - 23 World Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong!

    Learn about consigning with us

    The HA website was so easy to use and we could see the pre-auction bids coming in, which was exciting.
    Michael Medico,
    Los Angeles, CA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    REALIZED $11,086,652
    2017 January 17 - 18 World Coins Signature Internet Auction - Dallas
    2017 January 17 - 18 World Coins Signature Internet Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $2,407,750
    2017 January 5 - 9 FUN World Currency Signature Auction -
    2017 January 5 - 9 FUN World Currency Signature Auction -
    REALIZED $1,283,993