1799 $1 B-18 BB-154 MS (PCGS# 40046)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 2389
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1799 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. B-18, BB-154. Rarity-5. BB Die State II. AU-55 (NGC). This is a rare die pairing in all grades, and is especially desirable at this lofty grade level. It is certainly in the Condition Census for this variety, likely in the top four known. The obverse and reverse are light silver with russet intermixed and the slightly reflective fields retain a measure of mint flash despite limited circulation. The strike is bold on all the devices including Liberty's hair curls, which show solid separation on the uppermost, and the stars over the eagle too are complete. A small area of intense colorful toning resides around and on the eagle's tail, otherwise the surfaces are uniform. This particular die state shows the crack from the rim between the ED of UNITED through the ribbon to the eagle's wing rather light; this crack becomes much more severe rather quickly on later die states. Curiously the obverse die also cracks through the first three stars -- all of which are repunched -- but this crack had not yet formed when this coin was struck. Perhaps the repunching on these three stars had something to do with this crack forming in that location. An important offering for the die variety specialist.