1802 $1 B-5 BB-242 Wide Date MS (PCGS# 40089)
The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale
Auctioneer: Bowers & Merena
Lot Number: 1073
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Writing in the 1993 book <em>Silver Dollars & Trade Dollars of the United States: A Complete Encyclopedia, Volume One</em>, Q. David Bowers has this to say about the 1802 BB-242 die marriage:<br /> <br /> With an estimated population of only 75 to 140 specimens, 1802 BB-242 is at once the rarest (by far) non-overdated 1802, and the second rarest (after 1802/1 BB-235) variety of the year. In 1881, it was the only variety of 1802 that Haseltine designated as rare.<br /> <br /> Here represented by a lovely EF, this coin is sure to be of keen interest to early Dollar variety specialists. Handsome silver-lilac patina to both sides, warmer antique-copper peripheral highlights also extend into the center on the reverse. Bold-to-sharp in detail, with no worrisome detractions of any kind.