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1795 $10 Gold Eagle – An Enduring Treasure


One has to wonder how a coin over 200 years old still exists in immaculate condition today!

213 years ago, someone could have gone to the bank and taken out $10 to pay for their mortgage, or used the $10 for just about anything else, but instead, they fell in love with a beautiful piece of art and decided to buy the coin, and made sure it was carefully preserved.

The 1795 Eagle pictured here is graded MS65 by PCGS and is one of only two in this grade with none graded higher. At a recent auction held by Heritage Coin Galleries, a PCGS MS63 example, considered a condition census example since it is one of the finest-known, sold for $322,000. Whoever saved this coin 213 years ago passed down the opportunity for a keen collector to own a great numismatic rarity.

The 1795 Eagle is a very important and significant coin. 1795 was the first year in which the U.S. Mint struck gold coins. Additionally, there are two different major varieties of the 1795 Eagle, making it even scarcer if collected by variety. The most common variety is recognized by the 13 leaves in the eagle's claws. The scarcer variety has nine leaves in the eagle's claws.

This coin was America's first $10 coin issued for circulation over two centuries ago, during an important time in American history. Therefore, owning one of the estimated 325 known examples is definitely a great privilege.

Early Eagles (1795-1804)