1799 $1 Irregular Date-13 St MS (PCGS# 6880)

2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont #1188

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1799 $1 Irregular Date, 13 Stars Reverse MS64 PCGS Secure. B-15, BB-152, R.3. Ex: Cardinal, Hesselgesser Collections. Bowers Die State IV. A magnificent near-Gem that formerly represented the variety within the famous Cardinal and Hesselgesser collections of early dollars. The late die state with cracks through the left-side obverse stars. B-15 is one of three Bolender varieties with the Irregular Date obverse, named after the awkward placement (high and leaning left) of the first 9 in the date. B-4 is paired with the famous 15 Stars reverse, while B-15 is distinguished from B-13 by a die break to the rim from the end of the branch stem. The present example is the first listed under the "Notable Specimens" section for BB-152 in Q. David Bowers' recently published Encyclopedia of United States Silver Dollars. It is distinguished by attractive medium golden-brown toning that is consistent across both sides aside from blushes of deeper gunmetal-gray near the rims. Early dollars that demonstrate vibrant cartwheel luster are very rare, yet the present coin possesses that important characteristic of the MS64 grade. The fields are well preserved, and the grade is limited solely by minor and unobtrusive marks on Liberty's neck. The strike is sharp on peripheral elements, especially the star centers, though slight merging of detail is evident on the breast feathers and the stars northeast of the eagle's head. The Cardinal Collection and Dr. Hesselgesser avidly pursued the finest-quality examples of every early dollar die marriage, and those pedigrees confirm the importance of the present near-Gem. Described in its ANR catalog appearance as "apparently the finest known example by a considerable margin." Stack's in 2002 described it as "one of the finest Bust dollars we have ever had the pleasure of selling." Ex: Auction '85 (Stack's, 7/1985), lot 1751; Stack's (10/1985); Andrew Hain Collection (Stack's, 1/2002), lot 1520;
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