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    1798/7 Ten Dollar, Stars 9x4, BD-1, AU50
    Attractive Early to Middle Die State

    1798/7 $10 9x4 Stars AU50 PCGS. BD-1, High R.4. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/a. The 1798/7 overdate eagles fall into two camps, those with the stars arranged 9x4 and those with 7x6 positioning. But the backward-skewed mobcap of Liberty actually makes the 9x4 arrangement work more nicely than the 7x6, as the former provides some "white space" over the cap, while the more-symmetrical arrangement forces LIBERTY to overrun the top of the cap. Both varieties share the same carried-over die from 1797, which was used to strike the BD-3 variety of that year.

    The 1798/7 9x4 Stars Obverse eagle would make a nice pairing to accompany the 1797 Small Eagle tens, BD-1, with obverse stars arranged 12x4, as two of the most lopsided star arrangements in early Mint history.

    Dannreuther writes that the bold overdate feature and the 18th century date make the 1798/7 9x4 Stars quite popular, but at High R.4 it is considerably more available than the Low R.6 1798 BD-2, with stars arranged 7x6. The author estimates that 80 to 100 examples survive of the BD-1, compared to only 20-30 of the BD-2. Both varieties of 1798/7 were likely struck before the 1797 eagles, based on die state evidence. This AU50 PCGS example displays a crack from the edge through the L to the cap but not yet extending into the field opposite stars 3 and 4. The reverse as yet shows no mentionable cracks. Plenty of eye appeal survives on this piece despite light wear and a few scattered marks. The medium mellow-gold color deepens at the rims to violet and sunset-orange accents, simply a spectacular example of this early eagle with no mentionable distractions. Population: 4 in 50, 16 finer (11/13).
    From the collection of Donald E. Bently, sold for the benefit of the Bently Foundation.(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# 4UPT, PCGS# 8560)

    Weight: 17.50 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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    January, 2014
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