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    1795 BD-1, 13 Leaves Ten, AU Details
    Excellent First-Year Type Coin

    1795 $10 13 Leaves, BD-1, High R.3 -- Repaired -- NGC Details. AU. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b (early)/a. The year 1795 was the first year for gold coinage at the U.S. Mint, comprising half eagles (five dollars) and eagles (ten dollars) of the Robert Scot Capped Bust to Right design; the "little sisters" quarter eagle denomination would bring up the rear in 1796, a pattern that would recur throughout much of Mint history. The first-year eagles are known from five different die pairings, four showing 13 leaves on the reverse and the fifth, the very rare BD-3, with nine leaves. Of the four 13 Leaves pairings, the BD-1 variety, as on the present coin, is by far the most available, making it the usual choice for type purposes.

    Some may consider the present piece a "problem" coin, but other potential bidders may equally view it as a "solution." It is true that the neck and face of Liberty have been smoothed to subdue several contact marks, but generous eye appeal remains, and the AU Details grade level is one that would be beyond the reach of many collectors were it not for the caveat. The repair was expertly done (although obvious), but the golden-orange surfaces elsewhere are distraction-free, with no mentionable contact or adjustment marks. First-year type collectors would do well to give this coin serious consideration.
    Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 2/2012), lot 4847.

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