1795 $1 3 Leaves MS (PCGS# 6852)

2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136

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Lot Description
1795 $1 Flowing Hair, Three Leaves AU58 NGC. B-5, BB-27, R.1. Bowers-Borckardt Die State III. The B-5, BB-27 is the most available early dollar variety. Specialists in the series, and even some more-casual collectors, know to look for the telltale extra tine or bar of metal behind Liberty's upper lock in back of her head. There are six rear hair curls, with the third and fourth quite close, and the lowest curl is distant from star 1. The figure of Liberty is deeply punched into the die, producing a higher relief on the coin than the other 1795 Flowing Hair varieties. Because of the high relief, examples wore faster on the hair. The Three Leaves reverse has 13 berries arranged seven left, six right, and there are four leaves below the first S in STATES. The reverse die was also used to produce the BB-25 and BB-26, but the die state for BB-25 has only three leaves under the S of STATES (presumed to be a clogged die that prevented one leaf from striking). On this BB-27 (as on many examples and the BB-25), a crack joins the left stem end and the border, according to the BB reference; that feature is clearly visible on this piece. It is possible that the "crack" is actually a die scratch, as it seems to be constant on most observed specimens. The absence of the crack on BB-26 indicates those coins were produced first. The reverse has numerous raised die pits over much of its surface. The present piece is somewhat lightly struck at the centers, as nearly always for the variety. Wispy abrasions are consistent with the grade. This lovely example has pleasing light silver-gray at the centers, framed by peripheral iridescence. Faint champagne toning highlights the central design elements.
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