1798 $1 B-23 BB-105 Wide Date MS (PCGS# 40022)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 2368
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1798 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. Heraldic Eagle. B-23a, BB-105. Rarity-3. BB Die State III. Pointed 9, Wide Date. VF-20 (PCGS). There is smooth even wear on the obverse and reverse and the toning is a blend of lighter silver on the worn areas and medium silver-gray in the fields. The strike is somewhat blunt at the center of the obverse and on the upper right of the reverse -- both areas that are nearly always found soft on this particular year. By 1799 the Philadelphia Mint seemed to iron out this striking issue as the Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle coins of that year are nearly always found sharp. Curiously, weak strikes in the reverse area opposite Liberty's bust are routinely seen on 1800 silver dollars. The surfaces on the offered coin are average with scattered light nicks and scrapes when closely examined.