1799 $10 HERALDIC EAGLE - LARGE STARS
PCGS MS64All early gold eagles are somewhat elusive and full mint-state examples are quite rare and gems are excessively rare. Their beauty is something to behold...they are big and impressive and those dated prior to 1800 have tremendous appeal. These early Americana gold pieces speak for themselves.
The example offered here is adorned with thirteen ''large stars'' surrounding Lady Liberty on the obverse. It is preserved in tremendous MS65 gem quality and is impressive to even the most sophisticated numismatist. The population reported by both PCGS and NGC for MS65 is eight, although it is widely believed this number is inflated due to resubmissions. NGC has only graded one MS65 and the auction appearances for a PCGS example is way lower than you would expect for a coin with seven extant. None the less, it is excessively rare in full superb mint-state gem condition.
If this coin could tell a story, what a story it would tell. Designed by the First Chief Engraver, Robert Scot at the first U.S. Mint, during challenging times of equipment shortages, production difficulties, low bullion supplies, and yellow fever epidemics... This coin survived in gem condition for the last 217 years, and is now available for sale.
The currently offered specimen exhibits incredible gem surfaces, but is also adorned by a light red russet tone to the peripherals. It is truly a beautiful example of early Americana. It represents a rare opportunity to acquire a specimen of superb quality, tremendously significant historically and with incredibly strong popularity.