1797 $1 B-3 BB-71 10X6 Stars MS (PCGS# 40004)
The March 2013 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 3012
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1797 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. B-3, BB-71. Rarity-2. BB Die State III. Stars 10x6. EF-40 (NGC). The BB-71 is the first of three die varieties of this key date, each of which has distinctive characteristics. The present coin is light silver with traces of luster in the protected areas. The obverse has horizontal adjustment marks which cross lightly through the left field and Liberty's neck, weakening a few stars on the left side. These are not uncommon, as each planchet had to be weighed and verified to be the correct weight in silver prior to striking. In this particular case the adjustment marks caused the strike to be a trifle blunt, but most of the lettering and devices are clear. Dollars of the 1797 year are always in demand in any grade, especially so when they have attractive surfaces as here.