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    Impressive 1801 Eagle, AU55, BD-2

    1801 $10 AU55 NGC. Breen-6843, Taraszka-25, BD-2, R.2. Although many collectors shy away from the series because of its priciness, the Capped Bust eagle gold coins minted from 1797 through 1804 are arguably the fledgling United States' most impressive coins; wonderful mementos of that historic era when the young nation first began flexing its wings in international affairs. Produced in two subtypes with the Small Eagle (1795-1797) and Heraldic Eagle reverses (1797-1804), the entire series comprises a mintage of only 132,000-plus pieces. Of the dates produced (none made in 1802), the 1801 is the most available today, while still rare and seldom-seen in the larger scheme of U.S. coinage. Bass and Dannreuther comment, "Calling the 1799 and 1801 eagles common is only relative, as the number of survivors of each date is probably in the high hundreds or certainly not many more than a thousand of each date. Every early eagle date is rarer than, say, an 1856 Flying Eagle cent and many times rarer than a 1909-S V.D.B. Lincoln cent."
    This variety is readily attributed by star 8 having two points close to the cap, and star 13 almost grazes the bust tip. The stars, of a new style, show longer and thinner spokes or spines. On the reverse, the eagle's upper beak nearly touches a star just below. The devices are surprisingly sharp on each side with strong hair detail on the obverse as well as breast feathers above the shield. Bright yellow-gold color overall with a few small contact marks in the fields. A wonderful and impressive early type coin.(Registry values: P1) (NGC ID# 2627, PCGS# 8564)

    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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    Auction Dates
    September, 2009
    10th-13th Thursday-Sunday
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