1797 $1 B-1 BB-73 9X7 Lg Lt MS (PCGS# 40003)

2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago #1208

  • Auctioneer:
    Heritage Auctions
  • Lot Number:
    5593
  • Grade:
    AU58
  • Price:
    $47,000.00
Lot Description
1797 $1 9x7 Stars, Large Letters, B-1, BB-73, R.3, AU58 PCGS. CAC. Bowers Die State VI. The B-1, BB-73 dollar was struck from the latest state of the obverse die (with the B-2, BB-72 die pair its predecessor), and went through a progression of die states until its demise striking this coin and others like it. Late die state enthusiasts will find a seemingly unending melange of die cracks, clash marks, bulges, and other evidence of shattered dies in a terminal state. Despite the obvious weak points where the die is failing, other areas of this coin are remarkably well-struck and brightly lustrous. Some areas of heavy, charcoal-gray toning stand in stark contrast to the overall brilliant, silver-white surfaces that show very little wear. An interesting early dollar, a companion to the Baldenhofer-Ostheimer listed as sixth in David Bowers' list of notable specimens that was struck from the same Die State VI. CAC approval confirms the eye appeal and strong interest commanded by this near-Mint dollar.
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