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    1804 Capped Bust Right Eagle, AU53
    Scarce Crosslet 4, BD-1 Variety

    1804 $10 Crosslet 4, BD-1, High R.4, AU53 NGC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/b. 1804 is the most renowned date in American numismatics, pregnant with mystery and mythology. The unpublicized production of 1804 silver dollars in the 1830s (in addition to a second group in the 1850s) piqued the interest of collectors as bits and pieces of information trickled from here and there. By the end of the 19th century it was clear that all 1804 dollars were not created equal (some were originals, some restrikes), but misinformation remained ubiquitous. The Chapman brothers incorrectly argued in their Wetmore catalog (6/1906, lot 208) that the 1804 dollar were contemporary products of the Mint. Eric P. Newman and Kenneth E. Bressett's The Fantastic 1804 Dollar (1962) unsorted much of the confusion, but by this time the coin was well established as a premier American rarity.

    Four 1804 proof eagles were produced along with the 1804 dollars for diplomatic presentation purposes, and these too are highly prized, ranking 44th in Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth's 100 Greatest U.S Coins (2003). The present coin, an 1804 business strike ten, is scarce in its own right, with less than 100 known examples. The crosslet 4 in the date easily distinguishes this variety from the BD-2 proof. The obverse right field, between the face of Liberty and stars 9 and 10, exhibits some roughness, and there is a depression between E and R of LIBERTY. Even gold color contrasts with reddish brown at the high points. The reverse replicates this toning while several of the letters encircle richer shades. Bearing the most famous of dates, this high-graded ten is a noteworthy addition to any collection.
    From The Liberty USA Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 45741, Base PCGS# 8566)

    Weight: 17.50 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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