Estimated grade. Ex. Woodward (1883) Sold by Bowers & Ruddy Oct '80 Price realized $12000
David Akers: Eagles were minted in 1802 but all were struck using dies dated 1801. Therefore, the 1803 is the next issue of this type. As a date, the 1803 is perhaps twice as rare as the 1799 or 1801, and it is considerably more difficult to obtain in choice or gem uncirculated condition. Most available specimens are are quite high grade, EF-AU being typical. Varieties exist with small reverse stars as on earlier issues and large reverse stars as on the 1804. No difference in value is generally ascribed to these varieties but in my opinion, the large reverse stars variety is decidedly more rare, and should be worth a premium. There is also one interesting variety, discovered by Harry Bass, that has an additional 14th star in the reverse clouds.
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