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This is is the first $10.00 Gold Piece, known as the Eagle, ever authorized and minted by the United States of America. The Eagle was the highest denomination coin originally authorized by the U.S. government. Designed by Robert Scot, this small eagle reverse was used for two years only, until 1797, when it was replaced by a large heraldic eagle. Scot's original Capped Bust design remained on the obverse until 1838. This early coin showed no indication of denomination; users were left to guess the value by weight. There was no mass production at the time, and many early pieces show file scratches from the mint's practice of adjusting weight. Early dates of the Eagle have variations in the number of stars; not until 1798 was the policy adopted of using 13 stars. Two variations of the 1795 coin exist; one shows 13 leaves below the eagle, the other shows only nine leaves. The coin was struck in America's first mint, in Philadelphia. This replica coin is minted of brass then layered with pure 24k gold.
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