1797 $1 10X6 Stars MS (PCGS# 6865)

2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143

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Lot Description
1797 $1 10x6 Stars, Large Letters XF45 PCGS. B-3, BB-71, R.2. CAC. The reported mintage of Draped Bust silver dollars in 1797 was a minuscule 7,776 pieces, but the surviving population of this date suggests a much larger production total. Q. David Bowers estimates an original mintage of 60,000 pieces with the 1797 date, probably actually struck in 1798. Only three die varieties are known for the date. The present coin is a representative of the BB-71 variety, easily recognized by the arrangement of the obverse stars in a 10x6 pattern. The coin offered here is an attractive XF45 example, with only light wear present on the high points of the design. The striking details are uneven, with the left obverse stars and corresponding area on the reverse weakly impressed, while the central details and right hand stars are much sharper. The surfaces are evenly toned in shades of silver-gray, and abrasions are minimal for the grade.
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