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    Attractive 1799 Eagle, BD-3, MS61
    Very Rare Variety

    1799 $10 Small Stars Obverse MS61 NGC. Breen-6839, Taraszka-15, BD-3, High R.6. A total of 37,449 ten dollar gold pieces were coined in 1799, with ten different die varieties known for the date. The present coin is a representative of the rare BD-3 variety, characterized by the wide even date on the obverse, and the star positions with star 9 near Y in LIBERTY, star 13 near the bust, and the points of star 1 seeming to cup the lowest curl. The stars on the obverse are from the "Small Stars" punch, which broke later in the year, and was replaced by the "Large Stars" punch. John Dannreuther estimates the original mintage of this variety at 1,000-1,500 pieces, with only 16-20 specimens extant today.
    The present coin is one of the finest surviving examples of this very rare variety. Bright yellow-gold color highlights the semiprooflike fields, and a sharp strike imparts crisp detail to the design elements. A few light handling marks in the fields are consistent with the grade.(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 2625, 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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    Apr-May, 2009
    29th-3rd Wednesday-Sunday
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