1798 $1 B-1 BB-82 Small Eagle 13 Stars MS (PCGS# 40006)
Auctioneer: Ira & Larry Goldberg
Lot Number: 3032
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Nice sharp strike with even natural toning on both sides. The color ranges from pleasing "old silver" and steel gray to lighter, characteristic "rubbed silver" accents on the high points -- very typical of a carefully preserved early silver coin. And very scarce and seldom offered this nice! Pop 3; 1 in 60.</B><BR><BR>13 Stars (standard star count of the year), arranged 7 left and 6 right. Close date, knob 9, figures 98 close. This obverse die was used to strike 1798 BB-82 (earlier use) and BB-91 (later use). It is matched with Reverse B having a small eagle, large letters style like that of 1797. In fact, this piece is struck from the same die used to strike 1797 BB-73. Eight berries in left branch. Lowest berry near ribbon bow is on inside of wreath. E of STATES lightly repunched. A leaf points to the left corner of the I in UNITED, another leaf points to the left corner of the first T in STATES while another leaf points to the very end of the O in OF. Another leaf is positioned away from the R in AMERICA. A scarce, and therefore desirable, transition type between the small eagle style of 1795-98 and the soon to replace heraldic eagle motif of 1798-1803. <BR>Estimated Value $20,000 - 25,000.