1799/8 $1 15 Reverse Stars MS (PCGS# 6883)
The George Mouhtouris Collection
Auctioneer: Ira & Larry Goldberg
Lot Number: 1784
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The curious feature here is the 8 X 5 stars on the obverse, this arrangement was only used on this die to make silver dollars. No other bust dollar die of any date employs this star arrangement. Perhaps the engraver had been working on an eagle die, or half eagle obverse die, both of which employed stars so arranged. Long listing in the <I>Guide Book</I> has increased interest in the variety, and few have been found in high grades such as this. In particular we note that this coin has silvery-white luster in the fields, and delicate toning around the devices. On the reverse faint vertical adjustment marks can be seen at the center. The rim is irregular above the T of LIBERTY, and this is likely where a tiny rim bump was filed off or a small planchet lamination resides, as the dentils are sunken at the rim. The surfaces show fine hairlines from either circulation or a gentle cleaning, but make no bones about it, this is a highly appealing coin and one that is seldom found in About Uncirculated grades. <BR>Estimated Value $2,800 - 3,500.