1798 $1 B-12 BB-120 MS (PCGS# 40037)
The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale
Auctioneer: Bowers & Merena
Lot Number: 1022
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A trace of rub is all that appears to separate this richly original piece from a full Mint State grade. The obverse is overall sharply struck, while the reverse exhibits the typical (for the variety) lack of detail in the star field above the eagle that is probably attributable to sinking of the die. Nicely toned in dominant lavender-gray patina, we also note outlines of lighter sandy-gold color to many of the devices.<br /> Although only moderately scarce in an absolute sense, the 1798 B-12 die marriage is conditionally challenging and seldom offered any finer than Choice VF. The present example almost certainly ranks among the finest known.