1795 $1 3 Leaves MS (PCGS# 6852)

2002 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #280

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1795 $1 Flowing Hair, Three Leaves MS64 NGC. Eliasberg. B-7, BB-18. R-3. Die State I. Simply put, this is a gorgeous 1795 Flowing Hair Dollar. When it was graded and cataloged in the April 1997 Eliasberg Sale as MS63, the cataloger suggested that he "wouldn't be surprised if others found the classification to be conservative." This proved to be true, and today this magnificent "Three Leaves" Flowing Hair Dollar is graded NGC MS64. The cataloger further described the coin as follows: "The piece is not only of an excellent technical grade, but possesses a simply stunning, absolutely gorgeous aesthetic appeal. The specimen displays delicate lilac and gold toning over lustrous surfaces. The piece is very well struck except for the central portions, with nicely developed stars, dentils, lower hair tresses, leaves, eagle's wing feathers, and more. Some Mint-caused adjustment marks are seen at the center of the reverse." The 1795 B-7, BB-18 die marriage is the only 1795 Flowing Hair Dollar with 14 berries on the reverse, seven on each branch. Most specimens of this die variety can be identified by a couple of die flaws in the field below the left ribbon, plus the E in AMERICA is double punched. Both of these diagnostics show clearly on this high-grade specimen. This coin rates high in the Condition Census for the die marriage and it is hard to imagine, from an aesthetic standpoint, a more beautiful example of the "Three Leaves" Flowing Hair Dollar. Ex: Michael Hering Collection; unknown intermediary or intermediaries; Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 4/97), lot 2169; John H. Clapp (1942); Peter Mougey Collection (Thomas L. Elder, September 1-3, 1910).
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