1800 $1 B-17 BB-196 12 Arrows MS (PCGS# 40079)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4343
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1800 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. B-17, BB-196. Rarity-1. BB Die State I. Only 12 Arrows. AU-55 (NGC). This is the rare early die state struck prior to the die clash that occurs and imparts the edge of the eagle's wing along Liberty's chest. Perhaps half a dozen are known today – if indeed that many! The dies obviously clashed very early in this die pairing. The offered coin is particularly nice, with handsome deep blue and russet toning spanning both the obverse and reverse. Beneath the toning the surfaces appear average with scattered nicks from brief circulation, but no distracting marks such as rim bumps or even adjustment marks. The strike is sharp as the stars above the eagle are all clear to the unaided eye. A solid example of this variety with all the attributes a specialist could want.