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    1795 BD-1 Ten Dollar, AU53
    13 Leaves, Among the First U.S. Gold Coins
    Excellent Quality and Eye Appeal

    1795 $10 13 Leaves, BD-1, High R.3, AU53 PCGS. CAC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/a. Faint die cracks run through stars 5 to 9. The ten dollar gold piece, or eagle, was authorized in 1792. However, coins were only first struck in 1795. Excessive bond requirements for Mint personnel ($10,000, later reduced) were responsible for the delay in gold coinage. Production began in September 1795 with a delivery of 1,097 eagles. Those are all believed to have been struck from the first die pair, designated as BD-1 by John Dannreuther. Ultimately, 5,583 1795 eagles were recorded as struck, although there is a chance that the actual total is slightly higher. A portion of the 1796 mintage may have consisted of coins dated 1795.

    Five die varieties are known for the 1795 eagle. BD-3, the rarest among them, has a surviving population of only 20 to 22 pieces and is readily identified by the presence of only nine leaves on the reverse branch. The four other die varieties have 13 leaves. BD-1, which represents the first gold coins ever struck with the authority of the United States federal government, shows the tip of the flag on the 5 in the date over the bust, star 11 nearly touching the Y in LIBERTY, and a leaf very close to the U in UNITED. About 225 to 325 pieces are thought to exist in all grades.

    This early die state example is exceptional for its technical quality and eye appeal. Red-violet accents complement olive-gold surfaces. Detail on Liberty's curls and the eagle's breast feathers is strong -- better than expected for the AU53 grade. Partial luster glows around the devices. Minimally marked with scattered superficial hairlines.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25ZU, Variety PCGS# 45710, Base PCGS# 8551)

    Weight: 17.50 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper

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