1795 $1 Centered Dr Bust MS (PCGS# 6858)
The January 2012 Americana Sale
Lot Number: 10006
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1795 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. B-15, BB-52. Rarity-2. BB Die State V. Centered Bust. AU-50 (NGC). This pretty, otherwise silver gray AU reveals warmer russet and blue gray outlines to most of the devices. The recesses around the reverse devices are the most vivid portions of the coin's surfaces, although for both sides we note equally vibrant traces of satin luster when viewed with the aid of a direct light. Overall sharply defined, as befits the assigned grade, with few outwardly distracting abrasions.<br />
There are only two known die marriages of the first year 1795 Draped Bust silver dollar, with B-15 readily identifiable by having the bust properly centered in the obverse field. (On examples of B-14 the bust is off center to the viewer's left.) The late die state of the present example is attributable not only by the expanded size of the triangular die break in Liberty's hair, but also the presence of several scattered die flaws on the reverse, mostly between the words OF and AMERICA and in the fields below the eagle's head. Closer inspection even reveals an additional reverse die flaw over the eagle's head that obscures the eye. A popular issue for type purposes, at a relatively scarce and eagerly sought level of preservation.