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    1799 BD-7 Ten Dollar, MS63
    Small Obverse Stars, Ex: Farouk

    1799 $10 Small Obverse Stars, BD-7, R.3, MS63 PCGS. Ex: King Farouk. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/c. Early gold eagles are among the most majestic, impressive coins ever produced in this country. Their size and design evoke a foundational period in the history of the United States, and they are highly sought-after as such. However, ten dollar gold pieces, along with the half eagle counterparts, were used extensively in international trade. Once received at their destination, gold eagles were usually melted and recoined.

    The 1799 ten dollar is one of the most plentiful early gold eagles along with the 1801. The reported mintage for the year, 37,449 examples, consists of two major varieties: Small Obverse Stars and Large Obverse Stars. Putting that into context, only about 565 Small Obverse Stars and about 420 Large Obverse Stars coins are thought to survive. Of those, John Dannreuther suggests as many as 350 are BD-7 eagles.

    The 1799 BD-7 Small Obverse Stars eagle is identified by 17 in the date tilted noticeably to the right, the star left of the eagle away from the beak, and the star right of the eagle away from the ribbon. This example is in an earlier die state with dentil crumbling near obverse stars 1 and 2. The reverse is clashed. According to the Bass-Dannreuther reference, this obverse was briefly paired with a new reverse (BD-8) before being remarried: "It appears all of the BD-8 coins were struck between states of this variety."

    This Select Uncirculated 1799 ten dollar showcases light yellow-gold surfaces with traces of field reflectivity. The devices on each side are moderately frosted and evenly struck. Minor chatter has no effect on the terrific eye appeal.
    Ex: King Farouk; Palace Collections of Egypt (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 187.
    From The Maurice Storck Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2624, Variety PCGS# 45730, Base PCGS# 98562)

    Weight: 17.50 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper

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