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Historic 1797 Small Eagle $10 Featured in Stack’s Bowers Showcase Auction

By James McCartneySenior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……
The 1797 is the scarcest date in the Capped Bust Right, Small Eagle $10 gold series of 1795 to 1797. Specialist John W. Dannreuther provides an estimated mintage of 1,250 to 3,615 coins, with only 55 to 65 extant in all grades. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is delighted to feature an impressive AU-55 (PCGS) in lot 9192 of our November 2020 Showcase Auction, offered as part of the Naples Bay Collection.

Previously sold in our 1970 sale of the Seeman Estate and then in our 1973 auction of the Scanlon Collection, we are thrilled to now bring this piece back to market after nearly 50 years.

This is a visually impressive eagle, with a well-centered strike that gives particularly sharp detail to Liberty’s lower hair curls and the eagle’s wing feathers. Pale sandy gold dominates the obverse, complemented by vibrant honey and violet toning on the reverse. Only lightly circulated and overall smooth, satiny Mint luster is noted in the protected areas. The characteristic cracks at star 16 are sharp, accompanied by a pair of rectangular indentations caused by striking through debris on the die.

A remarkable offering at the Choice AU level, this piece is tied with the fabulous Taraszka specimen sold in our August 2019 sale. Only seven coins have been certified finer by PCGS.

This 1797 Small Eagle $10 in lot 9192 of our November 2020 Auction is pedigreed to the Naples Bay Collection, and we anticipate considerable excitement when this fresh cabinet crosses the auction block. The entire Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 2020 sale is now available for viewing and bidding at www.StacksBowers.com. If you would like to consign to a future Showcase event or have questions about the consignment process, contact us today at [email protected] or 800-566-2580.

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Stack's Bowers Galleries conducts live, internet, and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company's 90-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection, The Sydney F. Martin Collection, and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Pinnacle Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Salton Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, and The Thos. H. Law Collection. The company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California with galleries in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Offices are also located in New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, Hong Kong, Paris, and Vancouver.

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