1803 $10 Small Stars Reverse VF20

CERTIFICATION#: -40554
PCGS#: 8565

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $25.25

Expert Comments

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.

Diameter: 33.00 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 15,017 Weight: 17.50 grams Metal Content: 91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
25
14,000
30
14,500
2
35
15,000
4
40
16,000
6
45+
17,000
50+
18,700
53+
19,700
55+
21,500
58+
30,000
1
62+
55,000
1
63+
89,500
64+
205,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 250 R-6.6 5 / 10 TIE 8 / 14 TIE
60 or Better 125 R-7.7 8 / 10 12 / 14
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 4 / 10 4 / 14 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS64+ PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade