Coin Specifications

Category: Draped Bust $10 (1795-1804)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 37,449
Catalog: KM-30
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9160
Weight: 17.5000g
AGW: 0.5154oz
Melt Value: $671.67 (4/16/2014)
Diameter: 33mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1799 $10 MS obverse 1799 $10 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

One does not tread lightly into the field of collecting early U.S. gold coins, those generally minted in the years between 1795 and 1834. The average collector in this area must have substantial funds available. It also helps to be an astute numismatist -- or at the very least, to work with dealers and advisers who are astute numismatists.

Nonetheless, the specialty of early U.S. gold collecting is among the most rewarding in American numismatics. Each of the three gold denominations minted in the early years -- the quarter eagle, half eagle, and eagle -- have their own individual stamps, shaped by the character of commerce, finance, and Mint history of the time.

The quarter eagles were the red-headed stepchildren of early Mint history, made in small quantities at sporadic intervals, usually seldom-seen in actual commercial use. The half eagles, on the other hand, were made almost continuously in much larger quantities during the 1795-1834 timeframe, in fact, they were the first gold coins manufactured at the U.S. Mint. They were a workhorse denomination, along with their counterparts, the copper large cent and silver half dollar. Between these three federal denominations and especially the foreign currency in general circulation, most everyday transactions were concluded.

The eagles are a special case, the shortest denomination and the largest early U.S. gold, made only from 1796 through 1804 (one variety was struck in 1834-35), although no 1802-dated eagles were produced. Like the quarter eagles, they were struck in relatively small quantities. A date set of early eagles consists of only eight coins, although a variety set -- not for the faint of heart -- would include 33 die marriages, some extremely rare.

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1799 $10 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4450 7700 9900 11900 17000 17000 19750 21000 23000 25000 31000 33750 43500 66000 159000 345000 - - - - -
$ 18750 21750 23500 25000 27500 34000 38000 51000 76000 199000 380000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 433
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65


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4/3/2006 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 81: The Leesburg Sale, 86/Lot# 1073 $42,837.50
5/28/2006 NGC VF 25   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3908 $13,225.00
8/8/2007 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2007 Milwaukee, WI (ANA) Signature Coin Auction #444, 444/Lot# 1955 $17,250.00
5/25/2008 NGC MS 63   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4457 $60,375.00
1/5/2011 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1151/Lot# 5179 $21,850.00
5/29/2011 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1572 $23,575.00
3/5/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3236, 3236/Lot# 1799 $6,600.00
1/1/2013 NCS AU 50   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13325 $8,518.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1799 $10 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base325036054483511753796651682069827455774181358379866089511147614185181401939220706220842353025045
33683897469452045803670768747139755078728216847287579792123791550318557198302116522566240350
0000006874713975507872821684728757979212379155031855719830211652256600
00000069287297764580038297856688541063413282168211897420268216242304800
1799 $10 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base339937654671532455946902707772437728802284278677896692641185214624186671994521286226942416825713
352140674888541460306960713274047826815785108773906510126127761597119093203922175523185246830
00000071327404782681578510877390651012612776159711909320392217552318500
00000071877566792482928593886991641098913700173191951920839222242367600
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Grade: XF 45
Points: 4179
Owner: Zakmar
 
Grade: AU Details
Points: 3491
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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