1795 $1 Off-Center Dr Bust MS (PCGS# 96858)
The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction
Lot Number: 10495
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The two known die marriages of the first year 1795 Draped Bust silver dollar are distinguishable by looking at the placement of the obverse portrait in the field. On examples of the B-14 variety, as here, the bust was not properly centered, is too far to the viewer's left and has the highest wave of hair under the letter B in the word LIBERTY. A very handsome Choice EF, both sides are nicely toned in warm, even, mostly silver-gray patina. Flickers of champagne-apricot iridescence also come into view at more direct angles. Boldly defined with no distracting abrasions, the surfaces are actually exceptionally smooth in a lightly circulated early dollar. We do see a few as struck features that are worth mentioning: several planchet drift marks in the right obverse field that are so faint as to be hardly noticeable, and an out of the way planchet flaw at the upper right reverse border. For the grade, one of the nicest 1795 Draped Bust dollars of either variety that we have handled in quite some time.<br /> <br /> <strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers<br /> </strong>Another opportunity to compete for a BB-51, ideal for a variety set or, most likely, as a great representative of the first year of issue, indeed the first die variety, of this highly important type (which continued in use on some series until as late as 1807).