1803 $1 B-6 BB-255 Large 3 MS (PCGS# 40101)
The March 2012 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 4118
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A virtually brilliant piece; both sides exhibit bright, satiny surfaces with modest semi-reflective tendencies also evident in the fields as the coin rotates under a light. A bit of toning is present, nonetheless, and it takes the form of generally even golden-apricot iridescence. Expertly centered and well executed in strike, bold to sharp definition extends from the borders to the high points of Liberty's portrait and the eagle. There are remarkably few abrasions for a lightly circulated early dollar, and the outward appearance is smooth and essentially distraction free. Several years ago when the numismatic marketplace first heated up after years in the doldrums, high-grade Bust dollars and colonial pieces led the charge -- today, Bust dollars are still among the most sought after coins in high grade. The present piece would make a sterling addition to an advanced type set.