1798 $1 Small Eagle, 15 Stars MS (PCGS# 6868)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4325
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Classic deep gunmetal-blue and gray toning is seen throughout with a dash or gold intermixed. The strike is sharp on Liberty's curls and drapery lines, similar on the reverse where the eagle has a good number of breast feathers intact. Clean surfaces with minor handling marks blending into the fields and devices. For identification there is a thin planchet line nearly touching the D of UNITED past that word. A coin that should entice any serious collector with its high technical grade and appeal. Rare and important as a major type coin that was created only by this single pair of dies with 15 obverse stars and Small Eagle reverse. Close to Condition Census quality, and may qualify if all the high grade coins could be compared to this example.<br />
<strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers<br />
</strong>Of all silver dollars of this era the BB-81 is a special favorite. This represents the last year that the Small Eagle reverse was used -- a workhorse die that saw its first service with the Draped Bust obverse years earlier in 1795. The 15 obverse stars are another unusual feature. Even if you are not a specialist in early dollars, you might consider owning this or, better yet, if you are building a type set this would be an ideal candidate to illustrate the Draped Bust obverse, Small Eagle reverse.