BD-5, High R.4. Early gold specialists have concluded that less than 100 examples of this scarce die marriage have survived the past 200 years. The “extra star” moniker refers to a small, errant star that can be observed in the farthest cloud on the right. Instead of the standard 13 reverse stars for the type, 14 stars actually exist on this die, and this feature is unique among early U.S. gold issues, regardless of denomination. Tangible Investments and GoCoins.com buy and sell rare coins, precious metals, fine art and jewelry.   BBB - Better Business Bureau
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Popular 1803 Extra Star Eagle MS61 NGC

Popular 1803 “Extra Star” Eagle, MS61 NGC

BD-5, High R.4. Early gold specialists have concluded that less than 100 examples of this scarce die marriage have survived the past 200 years. The “extra star” moniker refers to a small, errant star that can be observed in the farthest cloud on the right. Instead of the standard 13 reverse stars for the type, 14 stars actually exist on this die, and this feature is unique among early U.S. gold issues, regardless of denomination. The purpose of the mysterious extra star is not known, although it is possible that a die sinker was testing a punch that would have been used on a minor denomination coin, such as a half dime or dime.

Popular 1803 “Extra Star” Eagle, MS61 NGC Only five specimens have been certified by NGC at the MS61 level, with 20 finer examples, although that total is undoubtedly inflated by multiple submissions of the same coin. Furthermore, we know from a review of auction records over the past 20 years that the extant population—which is less than 100 pieces—includes many cleaned, low grade, or otherwise inferior coins.

The most memorable appearance of an 1803 Extra Star ten dollar gold piece was in the August 2006 Old West sale by American Numismatic Rarities. That piece, an NGC-graded MS66 coin, realized $333,500.  As of November 2009, the Trends value of this variety is $100,000 at the MS60 level, and $110,000 in MS62 condition.

Popular 1803 “Extra Star” Eagle, MS61 NGC



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