BD-1, High R.3. This, the only die marriage of the 1800 dated ten dollar gold delivery, features reverse F of the 1799 BD-10 die marriage in its second of three uses. The third and final use of this die is with the very scarce BD-1 die marriage of the 1801 eagle. Interestingly, however, some examples of the 1800 eagle were struck after the 1801 BD-1 variety. The present example is included in this category, the clashmarks (as struck) from the denticles above the letters STA in STATES being very weak due to die polishing. Mint personnel apparently felt it necessary to repolish the reverse die after the obverse of the 1801 BD-1 variety failed in order to prepare it for repairing with the 1800 dated obverse.
A bright satin to semi prooflike example, both sides of this coin reveal modest reflective tendencies in the fields as the surfaces dip into a light. We note even and vibrant yellow-gold color throughout. The strike is a bit uneven with noticeable softness to the detail in isolated areas, although the focal features in and around the centers are suitably bold, if not sharp. Light adjustment marks (as made) are evident on the left side of the reverse, and a trio of tiny rim marks on the left side of the obverse are the only individually mentionable abrasions. A coin that is sure to appeal to the high grade type collector. (PCGS 8563) Brilliant Uncirculated