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    1795 Large Eagle Five, BD-15, AU53
    Ex: Hilt Collection

    1795 $5 Large Eagle, BD-15, High R.5, AU53 NGC. Ex: Hilt Collection. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/c, displaying branching die cracks on the lower reverse. The 1795 Heraldic Eagle (or Large Eagle) five dollar gold pieces were all struck in mid- to late 1797 or possibly in 1798. The issue was certainly struck after the 1797 BD-5 coins according to the Bass-Dannreuther reference, but the exact striking sequence is unknown. Perhaps as many as 500 to 1,000 pieces were produced of the BD-15 die pair, but only 30 to 35 coins are estimated to survive.

    The date is recut, most obviously on the 1(7)95. The 9 is positioned lower than the other numerals. On the reverse, the A of AMERICA is diagnostic, sitting on wing feather 4 unlike any other 1795 Large Eagle variety. Multiple die breaks are seen through and around the eagle's tail. The obverse die state is confirmed by a lengthy crack that starts at the edge near star 10 and proceeds down through the hat, hair, and to the neck.

    No 1795 Large Eagle fives appear at auction with any frequency, although the occasional opportunity does arise. When it comes, the chances are it will be an offering of the BD-15 variety to be pursued not only by date and variety collectors, but also by those who need a 1795 example for type.

    Sharp detail remains throughout the surfaces of this appealing, green-gold coin. The fields display prooflike character -- especially on the margins surrounding the stars and legend. Liberty's cap and hair strands are boldly detailed. The eagle is a bit weak at the head, neck, and scroll center, although it is normal softness for the assigned grade. The wings and wingtips, shield, and talons are crisp and frosted. The fields and devices show only minor abrasions commensurate with the About Uncirculated designation. Early gold specialists of all inclinations will be on high alert when this attractive lot is called.
    Ex: Liberty USA Collection / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2015), lot 4277, which brought $76,375. (NGC ID# 25NK, Variety PCGS# 519869, Base PCGS# 8075)

    Weight: 8.75 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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