1795 $1 B-15 BB-52 Dr Bust MS (PCGS# 39995)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4315
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This is one of two die varieties that first introduced the Draped Bust, Small Eagle design on the silver dollars. One of the two obverse dies had Liberty's head placed too far to the left, but the head was centered on this particular die. Curiously virtually all of this die pairing show a die chip in Liberty hair, located at the back of her hair near the ribbon. Full cascading curls confirm not only a high grade but a sharp strike too. Most of the eagle's breast feathers are fully defined and only a few show the expected high point wear. Problem-free surfaces feature deep gray and gold toning over both sides. There are thin adjustment marks on the reverse, as struck, as the planchet must have been a little too heavy when first rolled out, then adjusted into the narrow tolerance range for coinage.<br />
<strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers<br />
</strong>The two varieties of the dollar, BB-51 and BB-52, represent the first appearance of the Draped Bust obverse not only on the silver dollar but on <em>any</em> denomination. There was to have been the 1795 Draped Bust half dime, but these were never made. Instead the die was kept on hand and overdated 1796/5 and used the next year.