1795 $1 Off-Center Dr Bust MS (PCGS# 96858)

2004 ANA Signature Sale #352

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1795 $1 Draped Bust, Off Center MS62 PCGS. B-14, BB-51, R.2. Although numerous 1795 Flowing Hair varieties are known, for the Draped Bust design of the same date there are only two die pairings. These two Bolender varieties are promptly distinguished by the placement of the punch for Liberty on the obverse die. Liberty appears to lean back on Bolender-14, which merits a separate Guide Book listing as the Off-center bust. Bolender-15 has a centered bust, and although both varieties are always available for a price in circulated condition, Uncirculated examples are very rare and are highly contested by those assembling first year of issue type sets. This sharply struck example offers intricate details on Liberty's hair and on the eagle's wings. The eagle's breast and front leg are not fully struck, as is characteristic of the Small Eagle type. Faint slide marks in the fields are concealed by a blanket of luminous golden-brown and electric-blue patina. Some light adjustment marks on Liberty's neck are as made and do not distract. A short pinscratch on the cheek is also of little consequence. Whether one collects by Bolender variety, Guide Book variety, by date, or by type, this high grade piece would be a highlight of any early silver holding. Population: 2 in 62, 4 finer (7/04).
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