1795 $1 2 Leaves MS (PCGS# 6853)
The June 2013 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 2001
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This is an attractive specimen, with noticeably semi-prooflike fields and ample design details on both sides. Essentially untoned, with scattered tiny surface marks and faint scratches that do not impact the pleasing overall visual impression of the piece. Liberty's hair curls show strong separation, a feature seen on precious few of these important type coins. The strike is reasonably sharp too, with most of the eagle's wing feathers clearly defined by the dies, and retained through limited circulation. This first style or type of silver dollar was issued in late 1794 and through most of 1795--scarcely more than twelve months combined. The mintage reported for 1795 is 160,295 pieces with an additional 42,738 pieces that are believed to have been of the new style introduced in late 1795 of the Draped Bust, Small Eagle design. Most disappeared long ago, and finding a nearly Mint State example as seen here is quite a challenge for the collector.