1801 $1 MS (PCGS# 6893)

2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago #1204

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1801 $1 MS63 PCGS. B-3, BB-213, R.3. We are very fortunate (and it is somewhat amazing) to have perhaps the two finest examples of the 1801 BB-213 early dollar in the same sale. The former listing, the fantastic Hesselgesser coin, is dramatically and deeply toned. This equally fantastic example is more brilliant in its toning values, but colorful and exquisite in its own way. Although a few 1801 Draped Bust dollars from different die pairs are graded numerically finer, seldom does an early dollar reach Select Uncirculated status. This is a new coin on the scene, unlisted in the recent Bowers reference, and it is a pleasant surprise for any bust dollar enthusiast. Boldly struck, the Die State II is represented by this coin, with diagnostic die clashing on the reverse to the right of M in UNUM and an additional clash mark from the O to cloud 6. The bold legend features one of the distinctive diagnostics of this variety: both Ts in STATES are missing their right foot. The obverse die is perfect except for a short, nearly horizontal die crack to the left of the date and, in fact, this coin was struck from an almost identical state of the dies as the Hesselgesser coin mentioned above. A minor die crack over the corner of Liberty's eye is the only discernible indication this coin was struck from a slightly later die state. The sharply impressed devices reside on fields that are virtually abrasion-free and unencumbered by other defects. Delightfully iridescent, the silver surfaces display shades of violet, sky-blue, lime-green, and gold. Mint luster glows beneath the translucent toning. Liberty's hair strands are particularly impressive and representative of the high technical and visual quality of this magnificent dollar. PCGS Population (all varieties): 3 in 63, 3 finer (3/14).
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