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    AU Sharpness 1803 Eagle, Extra Star, BD-5
    Variety Discovered by Harry W. Bass, Jr.

    1803 $10 Large Reverse Stars, Extra Star--Improperly Cleaned--NGC Details. AU. Breen-6845, Taraszka-30, BD-5, High R.4. The 1803 Extra Star ten dollar, BD-5, discovered by Harry W. Bass, Jr., is an object lesson in why it pays to look at one's coins carefully. The single obverse is shared by all six 1803 eagles, BD-1 through BD-6. The reverse of this pairing, in addition to the extra star on the last or rightmost cloud, can be attributed by the leaf pointing to the left edge of the I in AMERICA. In addition, the other Large Reverse Stars marriage, BD-6, shows the inner right foot of each A missing from a broken punch, while the A's are complete on the Extra Star reverse save for the last A, which shows a partial foot.
    Unfortunately the extra star is unseen on this piece. The orange-gold surfaces are bright from cleaning. The strike is somewhat irregular, which may account for the extra star not showing. Die adjustment marks run northeast to southwest in the center obverse. A couple of other diagonal adjustment marks on the lower hair curls and adjacent field run northwest to southeast. The surfaces otherwise display only light abrasions, and a wealth of pleasing detail remains.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2010
    23rd-26th Thursday-Sunday
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