1795 $10 13 Leaves MS (PCGS# 8551)
The March 2013 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 2173
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This is a sharply detailed specimen with glassy, noticeable reflectivity in the fields and beautifully intense green-gold hues in the planchet. Trivial hairlines and scattered, minuscule contact marks are noted on both sides of this scarce, early gold eagle variety.<br />
An important type or variety for the specialist to obtain, as these were the first style of the new denomination known as the eagle or ten dollar gold piece that came to be issued in 1795. For this initial year, a total of 5,583 were struck, of that modest number perhaps five percent survive. The obverse depicts a capped bust of Liberty facing right while the reverse features a delicate eagle with outstretched wings perched on a palm branch while holding a small laurel wreath in his beak. The present coin is an early strike from these dies as they retain considerable mint polish which imparts reflectivity to the struck coins--in the fields of course, while the devices are more of a frosty texture to contrast with the surrounding fields. Free of adjustment marks or troublesome handling issues, keeping the eye appeal high and the desirability of this present offering strong. These early eagles are everlastingly popular and deservedly so.