1801 $10.00 PCGS AU55 CAC

BD-2, Rarity-2. I recently sold an NGC AU58/CAC example of this date and I like the present example more because it is so totally original. The surfaces have a lovely deep and vivid russet-gold color with subtle reddish undertones that add great appeal. The strike is sharp for the issue with full details at the borders and centers and there are no adjustment marks or other mint-made planchet issues. While actually fairly common in AU, most AU55 and AU58 1801 eagles have been harshly cleaned or processed at one time and have mediocre eye appeal as a result. This piece, in spite of a few old hairlines on the surfaces, is as choice as any AU example of this type that you are likely to find. For a number of years of years, I stopped buying Heraldic Eagle tens as I thought they were overvalued relative to the rarity. But I am now buying these coins again as I find them easy to sell due to their popularity. Let's face it: it is hard not to be pretty mesmerized by a 200+ year old coin of this size and beauty, not to mention one with as much historic significance. A fantastic addition to an early gold set.