1802 $1 B-6 BB-241 Narrow Date MS (PCGS# 40088)

2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach #1206

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1802 $1 Narrow Date, B-6, BB-241, R.1, AU58 PCGS. CAC. Bowers Die State III. The BB-241 variety is the most plentiful 1802 variety, although no early dollar is common in the attractive, near-Mint condition of this sharp example. Identified as the "Narrow Date" variety -- an older term used on coin boards and dollar coin folders from many years ago -- the more common description is the Close Perfect Date because the 8 is abnormally close to the 1 in the date, resulting in a wide space between the 8 and 0. The easiest way to identify this variety is the missing foot on the T of LIBERTY. A lovely, thick patina of gunmetal blue surrounds golden-umber shades that cover the lustrous, silver surfaces of this dollar. Only a bit of rub prevents a Mint State designation. Virtually full details accompany perfect rims and centering. A few short, diagonal adjustment marks are visible with a glass, hidden in the toning across Liberty's bust and drapery. Early dollars are seldom found so nice. From The Cathedral West Collection.
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