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Lot 1739

1810. Large Date, Large 5 NGC graded AU Details. . BD-4, Breen-6459. Repaired, showing some minor tooling. Well struck on hair curls, stars, and the majority of the eagle's plumage. Early US gold like this has been collected avidly since the middle decades of the 1800s (PCGS # 8108) .

The Year 1800: For much of January and February, tributes to George Washington were held in cities and towns in the various states. Washington had passed away on Dec. 14, 1799. Mason Locke Weems, an Episcopal clergyman, published The Life and Memorable Actions of George Washington, which went into multiple editions, the fifth of which (published in 1806) included the fanciful tale of young Washington and the cherry tree. Much of Weems' fiction passed into popular "history." Hymns and Odes Composed on the Death of General George Washington, was published and included contributions from many sources, including Thomas Paine.

In the presidential election of 1800, Democratic-Republican Thomas Jefferson won 73 Electoral College votes as did Aaron Burr, followed by 65 for President John Adams and 64 for Charles Pinckney. After many more ballots, the opposition of Alexander Hamilton to Burr swung the majority to Jefferson's side in February 1801.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 1,600.

Realized $3,795

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