Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 74

June Long Beach Coin Auction

Draped Bust Dollars
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Lot 2861
1795 Flowing Hair Dollar 3 Leaves B-5, BB-27 Rarity 1. ICG graded VF-30. Struck on a nice smooth planchet and overlaid with uniform bluish-violet toning. Attractively centered on a problem-free planchet. Our grade is VF20.

A familiar die variety. A popular and distinctive Guide Book of United States Coins Type. Flowing hair in six curls, the 3rd and 4th close together; the 4th has a tiny curved "tail" extending downward, and visible on higher grade pieces. Lowest curl distant from star. A "bar" over 2 mm. long extends diagonally from close to top curl toward point of 5th star. Look for the "bar" near uppermost curl. (By contrast, BB-20 has the bar near 4th star.) Wide date, the 1 and 7 farthest apart. First star about as close to 1 as 7 is to 9. Most early die states show striking weakness at the centers.

On the reverse, three leaves under each wing. 13 berries, seven on left branch, six on right. Two berries under first T in STATES, one on inside and one on outside of wreath. With four leaves below first S of STATES (late state of die, also used to coin BB-25, later state, and BB-26; the state used to strike BB-25, early state, has only three leaves).
Estimated Value $5,000 - 5,500.
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Lot 2862
1795. 3 Leaves B-5, BB-27 Rarity 1 PCGS graded Genuine XF Details. Cleaning. The cleaning is only noticeable under strong magnification. Delicate golden and greyish hues add to its eye appeal. Popular three-leave variety that is featured as a separate Type in A Guide Book of United States Coins, the standard "Red Book" collectors use. Well presented on an attractive planchet with injury-free rims (PCGS # 6852) .
Estimated Value $5,000 - 5,500.
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Lot 2863
1795 B-6, BB-25 Flowing Hair 3 Leaves Missing Leaf Rarity 8. PCGS graded EF-45. Subset of PCGS # 6852. In a new secure plus holder. Condition Census. Attractive prooflike surfaces. Pop 1; none finer at PCGS for the variety. The only example graded at PCGS of this intriguing variety. Please compare areas that are boxed on the reverse of the regular BB-25 and the missing leaf BB-25.

Flowing hair in six curls, 3rd and 4th close together; lowest curl barely misses a point of first star, but continues on to touch and slightly pass a second point of same star. The second curl from bottom turns downward pointing to space between two points of second star. Wide date, 79 closest. E in LIBERTY punched over an earlier erroneous R. The Y in LIBERTY is higher than the adjacent T. Foot of R in LIBERTY shortened from a broken punch. Obverse die used to strike 1795 BB-24 (early state) and BB-25 (early and late states).

Three leaves under each wing of eagle. 13 berries, seven on left branch, six on right. Two berries under first T in STATES, one on inside and one on outside of wreath. Die State I has three leaves visible below first S of STATES. Die State III with four leaves; also used in its later state to coin BB-26 and BB-27, each of which has four leaves beneath the first S of STATES.

Reverse die used to strike 1795 BB-25 (two states; Die State I with three leaves and Die State III with four leaves under first S in STATES), BB-26 (later state with four leaves under first S in STATES), and BB-27 (later state with four leaves under first S in STATES).

Die State I: Two specimens are known to the writer. The first is Frank M. Stirling's discovery piece, which from the illustration in The Numismatist appears to be EF. The second is that included in Stack's sale of the Spies Collection, December 9-10, 1974, Lot 19, and described as prooflike EF, with a few faint scratches between the 1 and 7 of the date.

Die State II: Transitional state. Not seen by the author.

Die State III: It is believed that 201 to 500 specimens of 1795 BB-25, Die State III, exist, most of which are in lower grades through VF.

The rims are usually indistinct in portions, with some areas appearing flattened; weakness is usually seen at the rim beginning about the 8th star and continuing over LIBE, and from the 13th star, the date, to the 1st or 2nd star; on the reverse, the weakness is most often seen at the rim above UNI and OF AME. Most specimens are weak at the obverse center in the area of Miss Liberty's ear (which is usually not visible), and on the eagle's breast.

In the opinion of Early Dollar expert Martin Logies, the re-working of the reverse die following this early die state is so extensive that the "Die State I" examples should be recognized as a separate die variety.

This is the discovery coin made by Frank Stirling in 1952. At the time it was given a separate Bolender number 18 but then was found to be a die state of B-6. Now this is where it gets tricky. The three leaf or missing leaf is located on the reverse under the first S in STATES! This reverse A was used for only a short time - ONLY TWO SPECIMENS HAVE BEEN FOUND - the original Stirling specimen and the Spies's specimen sold in 1976 which has never been seen since! The Missing Leaf was called this because it was once believed that the common 4 leaf variety was struck with some material plugged in the fourth leaf making it disappear (see Bowers and Borckardt's Book). This is NOT TRUE as noted in the July 2007 issue of the, "Rare Coin Market Report" where John Dannreuther goes through the sequence of die varieties used! The Missing Leaf was the first use of the obverse and reverse followed by use in the B-13, BB-24 (Obverse used but with significant changes in the DATE, especially 795); B-12, BB-26 (Reverse B used now with an added 4th leaf under first S in STATES); B-5, BB-27 (same 4 leaf Reverse B); and THEN back to the B-6, BB-25 but with the reworked Obverse and the added 4th leaf Reverse B. So does this make it a different variety? I say it does! PCGS even gave it a different #148300 as oppose to the usual B-6, BB-25 #39975! Rarity 8. The finest of the two known and the Frank Stirling Discovery Coin.
Estimated Value $75,000 - 85,000.
The Dr. Hesselgesser Collection.

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