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    1800 Eagle, BD-1, MS62
    Well-Detailed and Flashy

    1800 $10 BD-1, High R.3, MS62 PCGS. Bass-Dannreuther Die State c/e. This variety was struck on two different occasions, the early die state pieces produced in 1800, and the late die state pieces struck sometime in 1801. The reverse die, leftover from the final 1799 variety, was used in 1800 for coinage and then again in 1801 for the BD-1 variety of that year. That first 1801 obverse, however, failed early, leading to the remarriage of this tail die with the now outdated but still serviceable 1800 obverse. The 1801 BD-1 coins exhibit this reverse die with an earlier die state than is seen on the final 1800 coinage. Therefore, this die state c/e example is the final use of this reverse and this obverse.

    Since a small number of the 1801 mintage consisted of coins from this die pair -- dated 1800 -- it is understandable that this variety is one of the more plentiful early eagle varieties known, with 200 to 300 pieces believed extant. Availability in the context of early gold, however, still leaves this variety scarce in the absolute sense.

    The coin here offered is well-struck in the centers, though the lower-left obverse denticles are not complete. A glint of semiprooflike mirroring in the fields complements the rich yellow-gold patina, while the surfaces are free of any major abrasions. An appealing Heraldic Eagle type coin. (NGC ID# BFYT, Variety PCGS# 45732, Base PCGS# 8563)

    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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    January, 2015
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