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    Splendid 1803 Large Reverse Stars Eagle
    14 Star Reverse, BD-5, MS61

    1803 $10 Extra Star MS61 NGC. Large Reverse Stars, Breen-6845, Taraszka-30, BD-5, High R.4. BD Obverse State g/Reverse State b. At High R.4 the Bass-Dannreuther guide estimates that 90 to 110 examples of this popular variety are known, one that Harry W. Bass, Jr. appears to have discovered. It goes variously by the Extra Star moniker, as PCGS and the Heritage system call it, or by 14 Star Reverse, as NGC and the encapsulation label it. Either way, the extra small star on the cloud above OF lends an interest and piquancy to the die marriage and is testimony to the primitive conditions of production and quality control at the early Mint--if such a term as "quality control" can even be correctly applied to the early Industrial Revolution era in which this coin was struck.
    This is a splendid coin for the grade, with appealing yellow-gold surfaces and bountiful luster. Light field chatter accounts for the grade, but there are no singular abrasions. The reverse shows the die crack and clashing as Bass-Dannreuther outline, and adjustment marks are noted through the clouds and stars on the reverse, the central eagle details, and the arrows on the lower reverse. This is the only generally available 1803 Large Reverse Stars die marriage, as only six to 10 examples of the BD-6 pairing, the other variety with that reverse, are known. (NGC ID# 262A, Variety PCGS# 88565, Base PCGS# 98565)

    Weight: 17.50 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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