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SERIES: Draped Bust $10 1795-1804
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1795 $10 13 Leaves (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
8551
Diameter:
33.00 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
17.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
5,083
Metal Content:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Auction Record:
$881,250 • PCGS MS65 • 8-5-2014 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 500 R-6.0 4 / 4 12 / 14 TIE
60 or Better 75 R-8.2 4 / 4 9 / 14 TIE
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 1 / 4 4 / 14 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

George Stenz Collection - Ed Frossard 2/1880:636 - T. Harrison Garrett Collection - Robert Garrett Collection - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1980:1655 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2092, $2,585,000

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Stack's 10/1988:114, $82,500 - Heritage 8/2014:5661, $881,250

2 MS65 PCGS grade

S.H. Chapman, 1909 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:643, $57,200 - Heritage 8/2013:5871, $675,625

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 8/2003:4039, $506,000

5 MS64+ PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 8/1999:415, $138,000 - American Numismatic Rarities 6/2005:1014, $414,000

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

George Stenz Collection - Ed Frossard 2/1880:636 - T. Harrison Garrett Collection - Robert Garrett Collection - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1980:1655 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2092, $2,585,000

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Stack's 10/1988:114, $82,500 - Heritage 8/2014:5661, $881,250

2 MS65 PCGS grade

S.H. Chapman, 1909 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:643, $57,200 - Heritage 8/2013:5871, $675,625

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 8/2003:4039, $506,000

5 MS64+ PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 8/1999:415, $138,000 - American Numismatic Rarities 6/2005:1014, $414,000

6 MS64 PCGS grade  
6 MS64 estimated grade  

Gold Rush Collection - Heritage 1/2005:30054, $460,000 - Bowers & Merena 8/2006:4296, $494,500

8 MS63+ PCGS grade
9 MS63 PCGS grade  

David Akers “Auction '88” 7/1988:929 - Oliver Jung Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 7/2004:98, $230,000 - Southern Collection of Rarities - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2006:1650, $310,500 - Goldbergs 2/2008:2432, $460,000 - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:219, not sold

9 MS63 PCGS grade  

New Orleans Collection - Heritage 4/2015:5371, $282,000

David Hall: The 1795 $10 was the first U.S. ten dollar gold piece. There are two varieties, one with 13 leaves on the branch below the eagle and one with 9 leaves. The 13 leaves variety is more common, though that's hardly the right word. Only 5583 total coins were struck for both varieties. For the 13 leaves, probably 400 to 500 exist today in all grades. There are three gem examples that survive. They are the two PCGS MS65s and the one monster PCGS graded MS66.


David Akers (1975/88): The 1795 Eagle is the first year of this denomination and it is the commonest of the three dates of the Small Eagle type. In my survey of 360 auction catalogues, the 1795 appeared four times as often as the 1797 Small Eagle and two-and-a-half times as often as the 1796. Also, although the average grades were similar for the three dates, one is much more likely to encounter the 1795 in mint state condition than either of the other two. A small number of extremely choice examples of this date are known, pieces that were onbviously carefully saved as gifts or mementoes from the very day they were struck. As is the case with the Half Eagle of the same date, many specimens have prooflike or semi-prooflike surfaces.

No true proofs exist although a few of the uncirculated pieces are choice enough that they may possibly have been presentation pieces of some sort.