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    1799 Ten Dollar, MS63
    Large Obverse Stars, BD-10
    Ideal Early Eagle Type Coin

    1799 $10 Large Obverse Stars, BD-10, R.3, MS63 NGC. CAC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a, without any clashing, lapping, or cracks. Two varieties exist for the 1799 ten dollar gold piece. Each shares this common obverse with distinctive Large Stars. BD-9 is the much rarer of the two variants, identified by the leaf tip pointing between IC in AMERICA. This BD-10 die marriage with the leaf touching the I is much more collectible. Indeed, it is one of the most plentiful of all early eagles struck between 1795 and 1804. John Dannreuther estimates in Early U.S. Gold Coin Varieties (2006) that as many as 12,500 to 17,500 of the 37,449 eagles minted in 1799 were from this die pair, and that upward of 300 to 400 coins survive.

    Considering that many of these pieces were meant either for export, where they would have been melted for bullion, or for domestic circulation, it is remarkable that any Mint State coins survive at all. But they do. In fact, PCGS CoinFacts estimates 150 BD-9 and BD-10 coins combined are extant in MS60 or higher. Naturally, they are tightly held, scarcely offered, and highly sought-after. Nevertheless, the 1799 Large Stars ten dollar is much more available in high grades than nearly all of its contemporaries and is ideal for type representation.

    This gorgeous, fully struck Draped Bust eagle presents gleaming mint luster over warm, medium yellow-gold surfaces. Small marks are seen on each side, including a couple of tiny hits on the date digits, but they pale in comparison to the significance, conditional rarity, and eye appeal of this offering. NGC reports 44 finer submissions for all 1799 eagle varieties, Small and Large Obverse Stars combined. CAC (for both Large Obverse Stars varieties): 7 in 63, 17 finer (12/18).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2625, Variety PCGS# 45723, Base PCGS# 8562)

    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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    Jan-Feb, 2019
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