1799 $1 MS (PCGS# 6878)

2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction #1151

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1799 $1 Normal Date, No Berries MS66 PCGS. B-11, BB-161, R.3. This stunning Premium Gem is extraordinary for its quality and aesthetic appeal, quite possibly the finest known 1799 silver dollar of any die variety. The surfaces exhibit soft, frosty silver luster on both sides, disturbed only by a few extremely small ticks on the obverse device, none that require individual discussion. Both sides are fully brilliant, with ivory surfaces enhanced by champagne, pale yellow, and powder-blue. The strike from the Mint's screw-press is sharp and nicely centered. Both sides have full and complete dentils around the entire circumference. On the obverse, each and every star is fully detailed and all of the fine hair strands are complete and sharp--even the tiny secondary strands between the main locks. Like the obverse, all of the reverse design details are full and complete. All stars in the constellation are full, including complete centers. This example clearly illustrates the smaller size of reverse star 1 at the left end of the top row, obviously the result of a shallow punch by the engraver when this die was created. Each and every feather in the eagle's wings is sharp and fully delineated, the breast feathers are complete and clear, and the tail feathers are fully present. Similarly, the leaves in the olive branch, the arrows to the left, and all of the shield lines are boldly defined. Strong peripheral flowlines on the reverse have begun to draw the tops of each letter toward the border. Another result of the sharp strike is the appearance of the die state details. Simply stated, the obverse is clashed and the reverse is cracked, but clearly more information is necessary. The obverse has prominent "waves" above the date, the result of clash marks from the clouds on the reverse. The left and right obverse fields clearly display clash marks from the eagle's wings, especially among some obverse stars. Other clash marks can be seen from the eagle's tail feathers, the shiel
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