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    1799 Small Stars Obverse Eagle, MS63
    BD-7, High-End Draped Bust Type Coin

    1799 $10 Small Obverse Stars, BD-7, R.3, MS63 NGC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State f/d, cracked on both sides but most prominently around portions of the obverse periphery. BD-7 is the only Small Stars 1799 eagle variety that is not rare or extremely rare. Approximately 250 to 350 pieces are extant in all grades, but very few are known in pleasing Mint State condition. BD-7 comprises a significant majority of the Small Stars population and, as a type, the Small Stars 1799 eagle is rarer in high grade than its Large Stars counterpart. In MS63, the grade of the present coin, BD-7 is a genuine rarity, and above this grade it is extremely rare.

    BD-7 was struck during two different periods, separated by the coinage of the rare BD-8 variety, which shares this obverse die. Early die state examples of BD-7 (obverse states a, b, and c) were struck initially, and the late die states (d and f) were struck during the remarriage of these dies after the obverse was briefly used for BD-8. Thus, the present terminal die state coin was among the final Small Stars 1799 eagles struck before the Large Stars varieties of BD-9 and -10 were created. The remarriage was prompted by the rapid deterioration of the BD-8 reverse, which became unusable before the obverse was ready to be retired.

    As a type coin, this Select Mint State BD-7 example is among the finest typically offered at auction, and as a variety candidate, it is a rare and important acquisition. The strike is even and sharp, and the bright yellow-gold surfaces offer satiny luster without significant abrasions. Some lightness of strike on Liberty's central hair curls is hardly noticed and does not affect the reverse eagle.
    Selections From the Collection of Dr. Donald Knaack. (NGC ID# 2625, Variety PCGS# 45730, Base PCGS# 98562)

    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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