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Obverse of 1797 Eagle - Eagle and Shield Reverse     Reverse of 1797 Eagle - Eagle and Shield Reverse

1797 TEN DOLLARS OR EAGLE - Eagle and Shield on Reverse
(see also 1797 Ten Dollars -
Plain Eagle on Reverse

PCGS No: 8559


Circulation strikes: 10,940
Proofs: 0

Designer: Robert Scot

Diameter: ±33 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 91.7%
Other - 8.3% 

Weight: ± 270 grains (±17.50 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (all examples of this date and type were struck at the Philadelphia, PA Mint)

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 577, "Breen-2C, Taraszka-12", illustrated, sold for $20,700.00  From Quality Sales Corporation's sale of the John A. Beck Collection, January 1975, Lot 486, an 11-piece set of early eagles from 1795-1804, including 1797 small and large eagle issues, and both varieties of 1798/7.  In addition to the set, this sale offered 41 other early eagles, a most impressive selection

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot
1803, "Taraszka 12:6-G, Breen 2-D (R-4), Heraldic Eagle, Obverse stars arranged 10-6, Reverse shows star 8 below star 2", plated, unsold

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9059, "B-2d", plated, sold for $9,487.50  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

Choice AU/Nearly MS.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1224, "Taraszka 12:6-G", plated, sold for $10,350.00

PCGS AU-55.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 735, "Breen 2-D, Taraszka-11, Rarity-5", illustrated, not sold.  From Sotheby's/Stack's sale of the 'Dallas Bank' Collection, October 2001, Lot 379.  Earlier, from B. Max Mehl's sale of the William Forrester Dunham Collection, June 1941, Lot 2199 for $39.25.

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 39, "Breen-2b, T-8", plated, sold for $9,775.00  Ex Auction '86 (Stack's session, July 25, lot 414, conservatively graded there)

"AU-50, signs of cleaning".  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1027, "Taraszka 8: 6-E", bought back by the consignor at $6,900.00

VF-30 Scratches.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6038, "B-2d", plated, sold for $2,875.00   Ex- Edgar M. Rossi and R. Sloan Wilson, M.D. Collections (Bowers & Merena, 5/97, Lot 2327)  From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko


The finest "Large Eagle" example graded by PCGS are 3 MS-63's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"United States Ten Dollar Gold Eagles 1795-1804" by Anthony J. Taraszka

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service