1795 $1 Off-Center Dr Bust SP (PCGS# 96859)

Pre-Long Beach

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    Ira & Larry Goldberg
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Lot Description
Light grey toning on both sides with warm russet brown and a little iridescence. Some adjustment marks on the eagle. The scarce draped bust, small eagle issue of 1795. Pop 6; 11 finer for the variety.</B> <BR><BR>The obverse depicts Liberty in draped bust form for the first time, with the motif too far to the left. On all subsequent obverse dies, Liberty was better centered. Hence, it seems reasonable to assume that the die with the portrait too far to the left (BB-51) represents a first effort, later corrected. The reverse was also of a new style, with a smaller, fuller eagle than before perched on a cloud; an olive branch to the left and a palm branch to the right frames the composition. The words UNITED STATES OF AMERICA were placed around the periphery, widely spaced, and in small letters; what numismatists call the Small Eagle, Small Letters reverse. <BR>Estimated Value $10,000 - 12,000.
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