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    1795 BD-2 Ten Dollar, MS61
    13 Leaves, First Year of Issue
    Spectacular Eye Appeal

    1795 $10 13 Leaves, BD-2, High R.4, MS61 PCGS. CAC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/d. No cracks appear on the obverse, and the palm leaves show evidence of lapping. The point of the flag of the 5 overlaps Liberty's bust, star 11 is slightly away from the Y, and the leaf nearly touches the U on this BD-2 die pair. The obverse is in its first usage, while the reverse was previously employed in the production of 1795 BD-1 eagles. According to John Dannreuther, "this variety is a little more than twice as scarce as that variety [BD-1], the most available 1795 eagle, but this is still considered the other available variety of this date in type. In other series, a coin with a hundred or so examples known would be considered quite rare."

    All 1795 eagles are highly sought-after as some of the first gold coins struck ever in this country. Dannreuther explains, "the workmen began striking eagles sometime in mid- to late September of 1795. Warrant 39 was issued on September 22, 1795 for the delivery of 1,097 eagles -- all believed to be from the first pair of dies, variety BD-1 (1-A), which is a 13 Leaves variety." Another small batch of 200 eagles, likely from the same set of dies, was delivered two days later. It is probable that 1795 eagle varieties BD-2, BD-3, BD-4, and BD-5 were among the 5,583 coins delivered on March 6, 1796.

    This spectacular, CAC-endorsed MS61 representative is eminently appealing with orange-gold color that deepens within the protected areas, where partial luster remains. Strike detail is good with characteristic softness on the highest points of the design, namely the eagle's breast. The dentils are incomplete at the upper right obverse and the corresponding portion of the reverse rim. Fine diagonal adjustment marks appear on Liberty's portrait. A remarkably clean and attractive ten dollar gold piece from the first year of issue. Sure to stand as a highlight in any advanced set.
    From The Maurice Storck Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25ZU, Variety PCGS# 45711, Base PCGS# 8551)

    Weight: 17.50 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper

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    October, 2020
    14th-17th Wednesday-Saturday
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