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    Bold 1799 'Irregular Date' Eagle, BD-7, MS63

    1799 $10 Small Stars Obverse MS63 PCGS. CAC. Irregular Date, Small Stars, Breen-6840, Taraszka-19, BD-7, R.3. The BD-7 is one of the two most common of the various 1799 varieties, which include eight Small Stars die pairings and two Large Stars marriages. As such, the Irregular Date is also the obvious choice for type collectors, unless they want to opt for one of the much-rarer varieties: With the sole exception of the 1799 Large Stars (Breen-6841, Taraszka-22, BD-10), also rated R.3, all of the remaining marriages for the year are R.5 (rare), R.6 (very rare) or R.7 (extremely rare). Noted gold coin collector Harry W. Bass, Jr. owned five examples of this variety. The so-called "core collection" coin was a Choice Mint State example.
    The 17 in the date is evenly spaced, but both digits tilt far to the right, and the 7 is noticeably higher than the 1 or 9 flanking it. Star 1 is close to the curl, while star 13 is away from the bust and star 9 virtually touches the Y in LIBERTY. On the reverse (which is shared with the BD-6) star 12 is well away from the eagle's beak, and one of its points touches the scroll below. Star 13 is away from the ribbon.
    The present example is a lovely Select Mint State piece with lustrous greenish-gold surfaces and superlative eye appeal. There are a few trivial marks that appear on the obverse under a loupe that appear to determine the grade, but they are inoffensive. A small planchet void near star 12 is as made, but will help pedigree future appearances. There are no visible adjustment marks on either side. Much reflectivity emanates from both sides, one of this coin's premier attributes. Boldly struck and ultimately pleasing.
    From The Scottsville Collection.(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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