1797 $10 Draped Bust NGC AU50 CAC

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The obverse of this Type is the same as the previous one, except that there are 16 stars on the obverse, 10 along the left edge, and six along the right edge. All other devices remain the same. The central device on the reverse is the heraldic eagle, a Union shield on its chest, holding arrows in its right claw and an olive branch in its left. Arrayed around the eagle’s head are 13 stars, with clouds spreading from wing tip to wing tip. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounds the devices. Placing arrows in the eagle’s right claw was either a major blunder or a personal militaristic statement by the engraver. In heraldry the right claw, also known as the dexter claw, is the dominant of the two. The Great Seal of the United States, from which this design is taken, has an eagle holding an olive branch in the right claw symbolizing the nation’s great desire to live in peace. It is not known whether the erroneous placement of the arrows was intentional.

This new reverse was a marked improvement over the “scrawny” eagle seen on the Small Eagle Type. The first coin to display this new reverse was the quarter eagle of 1796.

This series is rich in varieties for the advanced collector to acquire and study. Many of the varieties are in the number, placement and size of the stars, both obverse and reverse. Also of interest to collectors are the overdates within the Type, and a myriad of obverse-/reverse-die marriage pairs.

The 1804 issue is of particular note. Although the series came to an end in 1804, four additional coins were struck in 1834 for inclusion in diplomatic presentation sets. One of these four was discovered in the legendary King of Siam set.

By 1804, American gold coins had more value as bullion than as coins. This led to the wholesale melting of our gold coins. As soon as coins left the Mint they were exported and melted. President Thomas Jefferson gave the Mint a verbal order to cease production of Eagles; they would not be seen again until 1838.


Within each number of the coin grading scale is a small range of condition from low-end to high-end. Certified coins of the same grade can be of varying quality. Many of today’s collectors want coins that are solid or premium quality for their assigned grade. CAC holds coins to a higher standard so you can be confident in the value of yours. We verify previously graded coins … and award our sticker only to those coins that meet the standard for today’s selective buyer.


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CAC was founded by leading members of the numismatic community, including John Albanese, a respected authority on coin grading and the rare coin market.


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