1799 $10 Small Stars Obverse MS64

CERTIFICATION#: -40972
PCGS#: 98562

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $37.6

Expert Comments

Gordon Wrubel: Quickfinder Notes: The Small Stars Obverse is found on Bass-Dannreuther varieties, BD-1-8. The Small Stars have long, thin "spiny" rays. They are rather evenly spaced and somewhat apart. The Small Stars of this type were first used on the previous year, 1798/7. The Large Star Obverse has broad stars with short, fat rays. These are very closely spaced and even look "crowded". In fact, some of the star points nearly touch their neighbors. The Small Stars Obverse variety appears the scarcer of the two. But this variety was designated later than the Large Star and surely some of the early population data includes some Small Star coins. As of this writing, November,2013, 56 Mint State examples have been graded with nary a gem to be seen. The highest graded is a lone 64+. By contrast the Large Stars has recorded a half dozen MS-65s and one MS-66.

Diameter: 33.00 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 37,449 Weight: 17.50 grams Metal Content: 91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
15
12,500
1
30
14,500
2
35
15,000
1
45+
17,000
50+
18,700
53+
19,700
1
55+
21,500
58+
30,500
62+
55,000
63+
84,500
64+
195,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 500 R-6.0 9 / 10 12 / 14 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 7 / 10 11 / 14
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 10 TIE 1 / 14 TIE

Condition Census

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