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    1797 Small Eagle, 15 Stars Five Dollar, Well-Defined AU53
    A Nice Coin for an Advanced Type Collection
    Very Rare BD-2 Variety

    1797 $5 Small Eagle, 15 Stars, BD-2, R.7, AU53 NGC. Ex: Hilt Collection. The following identification markers confirm the variety: a narrow date, date spaced 1 797, the flag of 1 in the date and the point of star 1 are near the curls, 1 is centered over a dentil, there are 15 obverse stars, and the reverse wreath has one berry on the outside left. BD die state: Obverse State a, no clashing, lapping, or cracks; Reverse State d, a heavy crack from the edge runs through I in UNITED to base of left (facing) wing to the right (facing) wing tip; a vertical crack runs from the edge through the leaves and branch to the right (facing) leg; and another travels from the edge through the right part of E in STATES, the wreath to the eagle's head.

    The Capped Bust to Right Small Eagle Reverse was struck from mid 1795 through early 1798, after which the Small Eagle was changed to the Heraldic Eagle. The estimated mintage of the Small Eagle design type is 17,555 pieces, and the PCGS website estimates that 500 to 600 examples are known (11/14). Demand from type collectors has made this series very popular. BD-2 is one of the rarest varieties in the series with eight to 12 pieces known (Dannreuther, 2006).

    The present AU53 offering displays bright yellow-gold surfaces that retain traces of luster in the recessed areas. The design elements are well-defined, including Liberty's hair and drapery and most of the eagle's wing plumage. Some feather detail is also visible on the breast and legs, while the head and neck are weak as usually seen. Distributed marks are visible on both sides, more so on the obverse. Adjustment marks are completely lacking. This is an excellent choice for a high-grade, advanced type collection of U.S. coinage.
    From The Liberty USA Collection. (NGC ID# BFWW, Variety PCGS# 519864, Base PCGS# 8069)

    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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    January, 2015
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