$10 GOLD, SMALL STARS REVERSE
PCGS MS63 Click on Coin Image to
$10 Gold, Small Stars Reverse, PCGS MS63 - $75,000.00
$10 PCGS MS63 Small Stars Reverse, BD-3. A High Grade,
Sharply Struck Example Of This Popular Early Type.
1803 Eagle Small Stars Reverse MS63 PCGS. Breen-6844,
Taraszka-28, BD-3, R.4. The 1803 Capped Bust Right,
Heraldic Eagle ten dollar gold piece boasts a small
mintage. Six different die varieties are known for
this issue, with one obverse die used in all six marriages.
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The reverse die used for BD-3 is characterized
by the position of the eagle's beak nearly touching
the star below its point, and the right foot of E
in STATES positioned over a cloud space.Mint State
1803 eagles are rarities, even the "common"
varieties. This specimen is not one of the common
It is an R-4 specimen.Die marriages were
of little interest to collectors of the 19th century,
and catalogers seldom differentiated between varieties
in their lot descriptions. Numismatists became more
conscious of these important differences in the early
part of the 20th century, and auction catalogs began
to describe the small stars reverse in basic detail.
In the Stickney Collection (Henry Chapman, 6/1907),
lot 623, an 1803 eagle is described: "1803 R. Small
stars. Extremely fine. Mint lustre. See plate."
The coin sold for $25, a good price at the time.
The present coin is sharply struck, with complete
detail on the feathers on the eagle's breast. The
surfaces display bright, satiny luster, with attractive
reddish patina on each side. A few light obverse abrasions
can be detected with a loupe. Rarity, historic interest,
and strong visual appeal combine to make this offering
an important opportunity for the early gold specialist.