Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 1586,
where it was described as follows:
"1798 Heraldic Eagle
Bolender-23 R3 AU55 With great color (heather-gold to blue at the
rims on obverse; lavender-gray to iridescent blue on the reverse).
Enhancing the coin further is its excellent strike, perfect
centering, rims that are clean and free of marks or bumps, plus
surfaces that flow with satiny luster. We put the smooth luster at
close to 70%, although some might argue for an even greater
percentage coverage. To go along with everything else, the strike is
superb as well, with full hair and drapery, outstanding stars, and
an unbeatable eagle.
"Robert Scot originally made his adaptation of the Great Seal
of the United States in 1796, for the quarter eagles intended to be
issued alluding to Tennessee's admission to the Union as the
sixteenth state (they have 16 stars above eagle). Following a
practice which remained traditional at the Mint as late as 1915, he
made working hubs of the same designs for other denominations: half
eagles and eagles in 1797, dismes and dollars in 1798, half dismes
in 1800, half dollars in 1801, quarter dollars in 1804. All these
contained the same heraldic error in showing the arrows in eagle's
dexter or more honorable claw (observer's left), the olive branch
for peace in the sinister or less honorable claw (observer's right).
Working hubs for the larger denominations lacked the full bunch of
arrows, berries on branch, stars above eagle's head, and protruding
end of stem; these details had to be entered into each working die
by hand and thus vary from one die to the next. Bolender-3 is scarce
but not rare."
Realized = $7,130.00
PCGS VF-35. Ex - Heritage
Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature
Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6153, "Bolender 23", not
illustrated, sold for $1,282.25