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    Resplendent 1799 Large Stars Eagle, MS62

    1799 $10 Large Stars Obverse MS62 NGC. Both sides of this resplendent early eagle are sharply defined, with lustrous green-gold surfaces and full brilliance. The fields are satiny and slightly reflective. The plentiful 1799 Large Stars variety is usually available in nearly any desired grade, but seldom with such wonderful eye appeal as found on this piece. This example was struck from perfect obverse and reverse dies.
    The Draped Bust obverse is similar to that found on the silver coins, generally attributed to the artistry of Gilbert Stuart. Mint engraver Robert Scot is credited with the reverse that was patterned after the Great Seal of the United States. The Heraldic Eagle reverse was a staple of late 18th and early 19th century silver and gold coinage, first introduced on the eagles in 1797, although it appeared the previous year on quarter eagles. Some half eagles dated 1795 also have the Heraldic Eagle design, but those coins were minted in 1798.
    The estimated mintage of 1799 eagles is 37,449 coins, struck from May 1799 through September 1800. At least one-third of that total was for this single variety, with John Dannreuther estimating an individual production of 12,500 to 17,500 coins for the die pair. He also estimates that 300 to 400 pieces survive, although the actual number is probably greater. Those totals include coins in all grades; and the number of true Mint State pieces surviving today is much, much lower. This lovely 1799 Large Stars eagle is a wonderful type coin, and a good value, combining quality and value. Breen-6841, Taraszka-22, BD-10, R.3.
    From The Wisconsin Gold Type Set Collection.(Registry values: P1) (NGC ID# 2625, 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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