Coinage authority including specified
weights and fineness of the eagle conforms to that of
the half eagle. The Small Eagle reverse was used until
1797, when the large Heraldic Eagle replaced it. The
early dates have variations in the number of stars,
the rarest date being 1798. Many of these early pieces
show file scratches from the Mint's practice of adjusting
planchet weight before coining. No eagles were struck
dated 1805 to 1837. Proofs of some dates prior to 1855
are known to exist, and all are rare.
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