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    1801 Ten Dollar, Late Die State, AU55
    Elusive BD-1 Die Variety

    1801 $10 BD-1, R.5, AU55 PCGS. Bass-Dannreuther Die-State b/d, nearly terminal. The vertical die crack from the rim between the 01 in the date bisects the obverse, connecting to the rim above the L in LIBERTY. Another crack branches off of that one between 01 in the date, extending right through the 1. The arcing die crack from star 13 through Liberty's bust is a mainstay of this die state. BD-1 shares its reverse with the lone 1800 eagle variety and the final 1799 die pairing. The large-size obverse star punch is seen here in its final use. The 1804 eagle, which also shows stars from this punch, was likely a leftover, undated die from this earlier period.

    The 1801 eagle is divided into two varieties, BD-1 being by far the rarer -- only 40 to 50 examples are believed known. In Early U.S. Gold Coin Varieties, John Dannreuther estimates that only 2,500 to 4,000 examples of this variety were struck, with the balance of the 1801 ten's 44,344-coin mintage awarded to the plentiful BD-2 die marriage. We have handled few BD-1 coins over the past 20-plus years. Two of those are prior appearances of this coin. This variety of 1801 is scarcer than the 1797 Small Eagle and 1798/7 9x4 Stars varieties, which often enjoy higher auction premiums auction due to their Guide Book listings. This is a well-preserved 1801 BD-1 ten, with remnant luster in the protected portions of the fields. Wear is light on the straw-gold surfaces. The strike is even, although mild weakness is noted in the central reverse, where faint adjustment marks are visible. (NGC ID# 2627, Variety PCGS# 45733, Base 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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    June, 2019
    6th-9th Thursday-Sunday
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