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    1799 Capped Bust Right Eagle, MS64+
    Large Obverse Stars, BD-10
    Rarely Seen Finer

    1799 $10 Large Obverse Stars, BD-10, R.3, MS64+ PCGS. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a, no clashing, lapping, or cracks. According to Mint records, 37,449 Capped Bust Right eagles were struck in 1799, with 10 die varieties known for the date. Eight varieties have small stars on the obverse and two have large stars. This coin represents the BD-10 variety, with large obverse stars and the leaf touching the right foot of I in AMERICA. The BD-10 is a relatively available variety, making it a popular choice with type collectors. The BD-10 dies probably struck between 12,500 and 17,500 pieces of the reported mintage. John Dannreuther estimates the surviving population at 300-400 examples in all grades today. This was the second use of the obverse die, which was used previously to strike the rare BD-9 variety of this date. The hardy reverse die was used again to produce the BD-1 variety of 1800 (the only die variety of the date) and the scarce BD-1 variety of 1801.

    The 1799-dated eagles were studied extensively by 19th century collectors. Both of the Large Obverse Stars varieties (that were struck with this obverse die) had been identified by John Colvin Randall by the time he sold his collection through Massachusetts dealer W. Elliot Wood ward in June of 1885. Lot 853 in the catalog of his collection reads, "1799 No. 2; wider date, large stars; very fine." Lot 855 was described as, "1799 No. 4; obverse from die of No. 2; rev., variety in eagle and stars; extremely fine." The Large Stars varieties are prized by both variety and type collectors today.

    The present coin is a Plus-graded Choice specimen, with sharply detailed design elements in most areas, and just a trace of softness on the eagle's left (facing) claw. The well-preserved orange-gold surfaces show only minor signs of contact and vibrant mint luster adds to the outstanding eye appeal. Population: 28 in 64 (3 in 64+), 8 finer (6/20).

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

    Weight: 17.50 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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