1797 $1 B-3 BB-71 10X6 Stars MS (PCGS# 40004)
The March 2012 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 4112
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1797 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. B-3, BB-71. Rarity-2. BB Die State III. Stars 10x6. AU-58 (NGC). This handsome and pleasingly original piece exhibits warm, even, lavender-gray patina to both sides. The obverse is expertly centered within a boldly denticulated border, while the less well-centered reverse still reveals at least a trace of milling in all areas around the border. Detail is bold apart from minor softness in the centers, a combination of a less than full strike and light high point wear. A pair of faint adjustment marks bisecting the central reverse are as struck, and there are no distracting abrasions. Called Rarity-2 across the board, we suspect nice high-grade examples are probably scarcer than that figure implies. Readily among the finest NGC-certified examples of the variety, this pleasing Draped Bust dollar will be well-received by its next steward.<br />
<strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers</strong><br />
Among silver dollars dated from 1795 to 1803, the years that are readily collectible, those of 1797 are the most difficult to find in high grades. The present coin is indeed exceptional and is worthy of close study followed by a strong bid.