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Capped Bust right
Capped Bust Left
Capped Bust (Right) "Half Eagle" 1795 - 1798
Designer: Robert Scot
Diameter: 25 millimeters
Weight: 8.748 grams
Content: 91.7% gold 8.3% silver and copper
Type 1 Small Eagle
The 1795 Small Eagle half eagles were struck first followed by the 1795
Large Eagle (or Heraldic Eagle) later in the year. However, a return to
the Small Eagle reverse for a few pieces in 1798 indicated the demand for
serviceable dies. This would explain why the small Eagle design remained
on the $10 Gold Eagle through 1797.
The model for the Capped Bust to Right, Small Eagle design is unknown.
Walter Breen, says that Scott's model was, " copied some unlocated contemporaneous
engraving of a Roman copy of a Hellenistic goddess, altering the hair,
adding drapery and an oversize soft cap." Breen also described the reverse
small eagle as from: "a sketch or engraving of a first-century A.D. Roman onyx cameo".
Type 2 Large Eagle
The 1795 is not especially rare by normal standards, its popularity has however
caused its price to be somewhat inflated. The estimated population of the 1795
issue is about 520 examples and none bore their denominations. But the 1795 issues
were created from 12 different die pairings.