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    Wonderful 1803 Eagle, BD-3, MS62+
    Small Stars Reverse

    1803 $10 Small Stars Reverse MS62+ PCGS Secure. Breen-6844, Taraszka-28, BD-3, R.4. Six varieties of 1803 eagles are known, all from a single obverse die. The six reverse dies include this die that was previously used for 1801 BD-2, and the reverse of 1803 BD-6 that was also used for all of the 1804 eagles. The BD-3 die combination is the most plentiful Small Reverse Stars variety, and the BD-5 marriage is the most plentiful Large Reverse Stars variety.
    This late die state example has light obverse and heavy reverse clash marks. The obverse clash marks are most visible in front of Liberty's neck, while those on the reverse especially prominent at the center. The reverse has a short die crack joining the tops of I and T in UNITED, continuing to the border over the left side of the E. Dannreuther describes a second crack from the ribbon just inside the right wing up to star 6, although that feature appears to be a clash mark instead of a crack.
    This lustrous example has splendid lemon-yellow surfaces with full mint brilliance on both sides. A few light adjustment marks at the top of the cap and at the date are the cause of design weakness on the reverse, especially at the left claw and arrow heads. Minor blemishes and faint scratches are evident. Most notable among the latter are one in front of the face, and another within the reverse stars. This wonderful Mint State piece will undoubtedly find a home with an advanced gold specialist.
    The PCGS Population Report erroneously includes examples of the 1803 Extra Star variety in their totals for the Small Stars Reverse eagle. Actual Population for the Small Stars Reverse: 16 in 62, 1 in 62+, 20 finer (5/10).(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 2629, PCGS# 8565)

    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, 2010
    3rd-6th Thursday-Sunday
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