Estimated grade. Ex. Newlin (1884) Sold by Bowers & Ruddy Oct '80 Price realized $52500
David Akers (1975/88): This is one of the rarest of the early Eagles but, despite the similarity in the mintages of this and the 1798/7, 7x6 Stars, the 1798/7, 9x4 Stars is not nearly as rare as the 7x6. In fact, based on the auction appearances, this issue is not really as rare as generally believed and has appeared with the same frequency as the 1804 and less often than the underappreciated 1797 Small Eagle. Most known specimens grade from VF to AU but several strictly uncirculated examples are also known.
Harold P. Newlin, sold privately on 10/31/1884 - T. Harrison Garrett Collection - Robert Garrett Collection - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1980:1659, $52,500 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Research Foundation Permanent Collection of U. S. Gold, Patterns and Currency
Probably acquired by J.M. Clapp, before 1906 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:649, $33,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2096, $258,500
New Orleans Collection - Heritage 4/2015:5383, $188,000 - Heritage 6/2015:4276, $199,750
Farish Baldenhofer Collection - Stack's 11/1955:1439 - Bowers & Merena 8/1999:421 - Superior 2/2000:1176 - Goldbergs 2/2002:2058 - Heritage 1/2004:3056 - Goldbergs 2/2007:2387, $218,500 - Goldbergs 9/2008:1274 - Goldbergs 2/2009:1524, $178,250 - Heritage 4//2014:5761, $176,250
Heritage 7/2003:10412 (as NGC MS63 913021-001), $132,250