1795 $1 2 Leaves MS (PCGS# 6853)

FUN07 Platinum Night #1

  • Auctioneer:
    Heritage Auctions
  • Lot Number:
    1025
  • Grade:
    MS64
  • Price:
    $161,000.00
Lot Description
1795 $1 Flowing Hair, Two Leaves MS64 Prooflike NGC. B-2, BB-20, R.3. This is a memorable Flowing Hair dollar that will long be remembered by specialists after its turn at the auction podium. NGC has certified only three pieces of the type as Prooflike, along with single examples of the 1795 Draped Bust and the 1797, 1799, and 1800. Although the 1795 Flowing Hair dollar was struck in reasonable quantities for an early silver issue, Mint State survivors are rare, and are under strong demand from type set collectors and an increasing number of specialists seeking to assemble high grade sets by Bolender variety. Examples with moderately prooflike fields are extremely rare. The obverse field has reasonable flashy despite an original and attractive blanket of moderate chestnut-gold and steel-gray toning. The reverse field has impressive reflectivity, although light tan and powder-blue patina adorns that side. The overall quality is so remarkable that one almost expects to see a COPY stamp nestled somewhere. But this really is a 1795 Bolender-2, promptly identified by a thin mint-made die line on the field near the inner point of star 4. This obverse die was also used for Bolender-19, but that variety is so rare that some specialists have privately doubted its existence. In the unlikely event that a B-19 should appear on the market, it can be distinguished from B-2 by the absence of a berry pair beneath the I in UNITED. B-2 is an available die marriage by the standards of Flowing Hair dollars, although it is scarce relative to the two "common" 1795 varieties, B-5 and B-1. Interestingly, the Eliasberg example of B-2 (not the present piece) was cataloged as "Full prooflike surfaces on both sides. Possible proof presentation piece." Perhaps a small group of prooflike examples were struck for presentation purposes. In his Silver Dollars & Trade Dollars of the United States (1993), Q. David Bowers writes about B-2, "The variety is typically encountered in lower grades but is r
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