1798 $1 B-25 BB-123 MS (PCGS# 40040)
The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale
Auctioneer: Bowers & Merena
Lot Number: 1024
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Lightly and evenly toned in silver-gray patina, this piece retains considerable boldness of detail to most areas despite the presence of overall light wear. Softness of strike is largely confined to Liberty's bust on the obverse and the reverse star field, probably due to a swelling of one of the dies. Traces of original luster are discernible at more direct angles, and a lack of detracting abrasions further enhances already strong eye appeal. The BB-123 die marriage features the earliest use of the popular "Blundered Stars" reverse, on which several of the stars are punched into the adjacent clouds.