Date 1803 Small Stars Rev.
Grade PCGS MS61
PCGS Price Guide 37000
Population (PCGS) 13/36
Population (NGC) 13/34
Serial Number 8565.61/84024866
PCGS Lookup Number 8565
POPULAR AND DESIRABLE PCGS MS61 1803 $10.00
BD-3, R-4. Small Reverse Stars.
Of the three denominations of early gold, the eagle is the most popular due to its size and its short duration. I wish I could offer them all the time (as I do early quarter eagles and half eagles) but most of the eagles I see are, to be kind, not very nice.
This very pleasing example is notable for its extremely clean surfaces and its undisturbed, frosty luster. The strike is typical for this variety with noticeable weakness on the bottom of the portrait and stars 1-5 on the left obverse; the reverse is better struck with some weakness seen at the upper row of stars. Both sides show nice reddish-gold and orange color which deepens at the obverse border. There are a number of clashmarks seen on both sides and this is quite common on this specific die variety.
There hasn't been a PCGS MS61 1803 Small Stars Reverse eagle sold at auction since May, 2008 when one realized $41,400. Only one NGC MS61 has sold since July 2010 and it realized $28,200. No PCGS MS61 example of the scarcer Large Stars Reverse has sold at auction since 1998.
This type is in strong demand and as you can tell from the paragraph above, it is very infrequently available for sale in PCGS MS61 (or MS62).