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    1797 BD-4 Large Eagle Ten, MS61
    Low Mint State Population

    1797 $10 Large Eagle, BD-4, High R.4, MS61 NGC. One obverse was used with three different reverse dies to create the 1797 Heraldic Eagle tens, and the BD-4 die combination is known to be struck in 1798, after production of the 1798 overdate eagles. The obverse has a heavy double die crack through the final 7, from the rim to the bust. The reverse displays radial die cracks through the R and C of AMERICA, and from the border to the center tail feather.

    When Walter Breen wrote his gold monographs in the early- to mid-1960s, he described this variety as his number 2-C, and stated that it is extremely rare, giving it an R.7 rating, meaning fewer than 12 pieces were believed known. Today, it is actually known as the most plentiful of all 1797 die marriages. John Dannreuther places the number known in the range of 90 to 110 pieces. Among the known examples are about 12 to 18 Mint State coins, with many other AU pieces. Although we are unaware of any actual published census of early gold varieties, we believe that the present coin ranks among the 10 finest of the variety. NGC has certified 29 examples at this grade level, with 15 finer (5/18), but that population includes all three die varieties.

    Fully lustrous and frosty light green-gold surfaces exhibit the usual quota of tiny surface marks that are expected on these soft gold coins. The strike is nicely centered but somewhat soft, especially in the centers, with Liberty's profile somewhat blunt.
    Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 4100, where it realized $46,000; Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2012), where it brought $46,000.
    From The Rube Collection. (NGC ID# 25ZY, Variety PCGS# 45719, Base PCGS# 8559)

    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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    August, 2018
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