1795 $10 9 Leaf
BD-3, R.6. The Bass-Dannreuther reference notes: "It is one of the most famous die varieties among early gold coins--the king of the Small Eagle type." A rare prize in any grade. Indeed, if a knowledgeable group of numismatists gathered to discuss each of the key issues within the U.S. coinage series, the conversation would not be complete without first paying proper homage to this legendary early $10 gold issue. Its importance to American coin collectors is well supported, due both to its extreme rarity (a mere two dozen or so pieces are believed to be extant with just 15 distinct specimens traced by Anthony Taraszka), and its broad-based, versatile collector appeal. Not only would early gold coin date and variety specialists have the utmost interest in acquiring such a coin, this issue also transcends such boundaries by appealing to advanced type coin collectors (this nine leaf reverse can certainly be categorized as a separate subtype if not a distinct reverse type in and of itself). The combined NGC and PCGS population tally for the issue amounts to 24 pieces, excluding this one of course, though it's entirely possible that there may be some duplication owing to resubmissions. All things considered, this is a coin that will be appreciated by its next steward for many reasons, though perhaps its rarity will be the main focal point.
The specimen offered here more than adequately represents this key issue in every respect. Subtly reflective yellow-golden fields are pleasantly highlighted by hints of green-gold patina. The central design elements are more than adequately struck and display only the typical lack of reverse definition on the right side of the breast and left side of the neck of the eagle. In light of the age, method of manufacture, and exceeding rarity of this coin, the example offered here truly is quite special in every respect. Bid liberally, as it may be quite some time before a similar opportunity presents itself.
US$ 120,000 - 140,000
£96,000 - 110,000