1798 $1 B-20 BB-102 MS (PCGS# 40019)
The March 2013 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 3023
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1798 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. Heraldic Eagle. B-20, BB-102. Rarity-5. BB Die State IV. Pointed 9, Wide Date. AU-50 (NGC). A well balanced example of this elusive die variety and one of the finer examples known to exist. The obverse and reverse are bathed in silver-gold patina that shows traces of luster and smooth wear on the high points of the design. Examination will find a few adjustment marks that extend from Liberty's drapery to her face. On this later die state minor clashing is seen on the reverse, a heavy edge cud or die chipping below the eagle's tail and an irregular die crack crosses the I of AMERICA into the field above. The die chipping below the eagle's tail warrants further numismatic study, a similar edge cud or chip is found on one other die variety, that of the 1799 B-12, BB-160, but is found on the left side of the obverse. No other die pairings within the Bust Dollar series exhibit similar die breaks. An important and desirable example of this die variety that deserves collector attention.