1799/8 $1 15 Reverse Stars MS (PCGS# 6883)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4334
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1799/8 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. B-3, BB-141. Rarity-3. BB Die State IV. 15-Star Reverse. MS-62 (PCGS). The surfaces are light silver gray with a few flecks and patches of gold toning on both sides and colorful iridescence when examined under a light. There is residual luster in the protected areas. The surfaces show minimal handling evidence and scrutiny finds little more than light nicks from bag handling. No adjustment marks or rim problems are seen. This combination is a favorite. First off, the obverse die has the bold overdate feature of the 9/8. For the reverse the engraver blundered with 15 stars over the eagle, so two needed to be covered up, and this was done by extending the clouds down over the extra stars, one on either side keeping the appearance in balance. However, little star points extend beyond the clouds, and the blunder was easy to discover. This is the only appearance of this reverse die and survivors are scarce at such a lofty grade.