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    1798 Large Eagle Five, AU53
    BD-3, 14 Stars Reverse
    Terminal Die State

    1798 $5 Large Eagle, Large 8, 14 Stars Reverse, BD-3, R.5, AU53 NGC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/d, terminal. BD-3 falls about in the middle of the 1798 Large Eagle five varieties in terms of rarity, with a low surviving population of no more than 35 to 50 pieces in all grades. Harry W. Bass, Jr. owned four examples of this issue, not because it was available, but because the 14 Stars Reverse was intriguing. This design anomaly earns BD-3 a separate Guide Book listing, and continues to draw collector attention today.

    The obverse is undamaged in this marriage and is later employed for the more available BD-4 variety. The reverse, however, is seen here in its only use, as it quickly cracks; in this terminal state, the tail die is shattered, with a network of bold breaks evident to the naked eye. Bass had an example of this die state (lot 290 in Part III of the Bass Collection, offered by Bowers and Merena in May 2000), and another is found in the Smithsonian Institution; additional representatives are seldom seen at auction.

    This piece is evenly struck, with strong borders and slight wear over the central devices. The olive-gold surfaces show deeper russet and coppery-red overtones in the recesses, contributing to the excellent eye appeal. A loupe reveals several threadlike strike-throughs on each side, the only individually mentionable being a circular impression at the NIT in UNITED.
    From The Twin Peaks Collection. (NGC ID# BFX8, Variety PCGS# 507323, Base PCGS# 8080)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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