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    1801 Capped Bust Right Eagle, MS63
    Popular BD-2 Variety

    1801 $10 BD-2, R.2, MS63 PCGS Secure. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a, actually an intermediate die state, without the often-seen vertical spines in the cap, but with some light clash marks on the reverse, before that die was lapped. A substantial mintage of 43,344 Capped Bust Right eagles was accomplished in 1801, but some of those coins may have been dated 1800, or even 1799. Only two die varieties are known for the date. This coin represents the more available BD-2 variety, with star 1 distant from the curl. John Dannreuther estimates the surviving population at 600-800 examples in all grades, making the BD-2 a popular choice with type collectors. This was the only use of the obverse die, but the reverse was used again to strike the BD-3 variety of 1803.

    The present coin is an attractive Select specimen, with sharply detailed design elements in most areas and just a touch of softness on some star centers. The lightly marked antique-gold surfaces retain much of their original mint luster, with a few flashes of prooflike reflectivity in sheltered areas. Overall eye appeal is outstanding. Population: 37 in 63, 37 finer (9/18). (NGC ID# 2627, Variety PCGS# 45734, 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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