1799/8 $1 B-3 BB-141 15 Stars MS (PCGS# 40064)

Pre-Long Beach

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    Ira & Larry Goldberg
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Lot Description
NGC holder 1843176-002. B-3, BB-141. Rarity 2.</B> A high grade example that fits well into the condition census. Well struck and lustrous. Silver bright with full frosted-luster surfaces. The defining feature is how nicely this 1799 Bust dollar is struck, since it is bold from centers to periphery, a fresh appearing specimen. Some very faint marks are noted, a few light streaks of toning, and a tiny nick just above the eagle's head; no major marks or similar distractions to thwart eye appeal. As noted in the Bowers book, several choice Mint State coins exist, making the formation of a Condition Census a challenge. BB-141 represents one of three overdate varieties for 1799. On the obverse, the date displays the final numeral 9 in the date punched over top of a previously-punched numeral 8. This reverse has 15 stars arranged in curved arcs, instead of the proper 13. When the engraver discovered the error, he covered the left-most and right-most stars by enlarging the nearby clouds. Some of the star points show, however, peeking out from behind the clouds. The combination of the overdate obverse and blundered reverse has made the BB-141 very popular with collectors, and has won it an entry in the Guidebook of United States Coins, as the 1799/8 15 Stars type. Pop 8; 11 finer, 5 in 63, 4 in 64, 1 in 65, 1 in 66(PCGS # 6883) </B>. <BR>Estimated Value $20,000 - 25,000.
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