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    1803 Ten Dollar, MS62
    BD-3, Small Stars Reverse

    1803 $10 Small Reverse Stars, BD-3, R.4, MS62 NGC. This die combination is the most plentiful of the Small Stars reverse type, and also the most plentiful of the date. All six known varieties were coined from a single obverse die, thus attribution is strictly by the reverse. The six varieties can be easily distinguished according to the following key:

    Small Stars Reverse


    BD-1 has a cloud space below the crossbar of E, and long arrows that extend past the N to the left base of I.

    BD-2 has a cloud space below the crossbar of E, and medium arrows that extend past the center of N.

    BD-3 has a cloud space below the right side of E.

    BD-4 has a cloud space below the right edge of the upright of E.

    Large Stars Reverse


    BD-5 has the final A in AMERICA distant from the eagle's claw.

    BD-6 has the final A in AMERICA touching the eagle's claw.


    Once attributed to its variety, rarity ratings are a necessity:
    BD-1 is High R.5, BD-2 is R.7, BD-3 is R.4, BD-4 is R.6, BD-5 is High R.4, and BD-6 is R.7.

    Until the publication of John Dannreuther's reference, Early U.S. Gold Coin Varieties, A Study of Die States, 1795-1834, information about varieties and rarities of early gold coins was relatively unavailable. Anthony Taraszka published an excellent study of the early eagles, although it had limited distribution. Before that, only Breen's monographs and the limited information in his Complete Encyclopedia were available, but both insufficient for in-depth examination of this series.

    This lovely piece has brilliant and frosty yellow-gold luster with a few scattered marks that are consistent with the grade. It is well-struck and nicely centered on the planchet. Minor clash marks are visible on each side.
    Ex: ANA Signature (Heritage, 7-8/2008), lot 2008, where it realized $40,250.
    From The Rube Collection. (NGC ID# 2629, Variety PCGS# 45737, Base PCGS# 8565)

    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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