1796 $1 Small Date, Sm Letters MS (PCGS# 6859)

2009 CSNS PN

  • Auctioneer:
    Heritage Auctions
  • Lot Number:
    2538
  • Grade:
    AU53
  • Price:
    $13,800.00
Lot Description
1796 $1 Small Date, Small Letters AU53 NGC. B-1, BB-66, R.4. Die State II. It is believed that as many as 200-350 1796 B-1 dollars could be extant, the majority of which grade no finer than VF. Bowers wrote in 1993 that no Mint State coins have been reported, and that the variety is challenging to locate in AU. That remains true today, as there are no Mint State B-1, BB-66 dollars certified at either NGC or PCGS, nor even of the three Small Date, Small Letters die pairings. This is a lovely, original example with soft, dove-gray patina and some lilac tinged undertones that are evident at certain angles. There are remarkably few distractions for a slightly circulated early dollar, with a couple of shallow planchet flaws (as struck) in the obverse field to the left of the date. Well detailed within fully brought up borders. Census: 14 in 53, 39 finer (3/09) for all 1796 varieties.
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