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

Queller Family Collection of Silver Dollars

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1797 $1 10x6 Stars, Large Letters MS63 NGC. B-3, BB-71, R.2. Die State III. The obverse and reverse dies were paired to produce the B-3 of 1797, and neither die was used for any other variety. Die State III is the usual die state for the variety, with both dies lapped resulting in incomplete hair curls on the obverse and weakened palm leaves on the reverse. The emission sequence of 1797 dollars is unknown, and Bolender placed this variety last among the three varieties. Dave Bowers placed the coin first. Since it is an unconnected die pair, it could have been struck in either position. Both of the other 1797 varieties were coined from reverse dies that carried over into 1798, and the Small Letters reverse was used in all four years from 1795 to 1798. We believe this lovely dollar ranks among the two or three finest known coins. The typical 1797 B-3 dollar is apt to be found in XF or lower grades. Bowers notes: "As is the case with dollars of the two other varieties of this year, examples of 1797 BB-71 are usually seen in lower grades. However, several have been called Uncirculated over the years. Undoubtedly, most would not merit the grade by today's stricter interpretations of standards." Although slightly weak at the centers as usual, the details are generally bold on both sides with strong hair and drapery details, in addition to bold feather details. Both sides have amazing silver luster visible beneath the deep gold, heather, and blue-green toning along the borders, with additional splashes of lilac. The reverse is lighter gold with iridescent splashes. Ex: Stack’s (12/1982). From The Queller Family Collection of Silver Dollars.
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