1795 $1 B-5 BB-27 3 Leaves MS (PCGS# 39977)
The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale
Auctioneer: Bowers & Merena
Lot Number: 1007
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Easily outdistancing its closest rival in the B-1 die marriage, B-5 is the most plentiful variety of not only the 1795 Flowing Hair, but all early Silver Dollar issues. Indeed, our offerings for this die pair in typical auctions usually feature multiple examples. But even so, it is an important occasion when we are given the opportunity to present a conditionally scarce Choice AU.<br /> Not only is the present example uncommonly well preserved for both the issue and the die marriage, but it is attractively original with very impressive eye appeal. Both sides exhibit a base of warm dove-gray patina, the obverse also splashed with more vivid overtones of mottled olive-copper toning. On the reverse, subtle rose highlights further enliven the base color. Considerable luster remains, and it comes to the fore most readily when the coin is observed with the aid of a strong light. Rather sharply defined from an expertly centered strike, and free of worrisome abrasions, the importance of this coin for high-grade type purposes should be obvious to advanced collectors.