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Sale 81

The Pre-Long Beach Sale

Flowing Hair Dollars
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Lot 969
1795 B-5, BB-27 Rarity 1. NGC graded MS-61. A dazzling Mint State example! The surfaces are intensely lustrous and untoned with semi-prooflike fields on both sides. A couple of microscopic adjustment marks on the reverse hardly worthy of mention. A touch soft on the breast feathers as struck, otherwise a case could be made to grade this coin much higher. The lovely smooth planchet shimmers with originality and silvery hues that seem to be lightly frosted on the devices, giving even prettier subtle contrast against the fields. This very impressive and well-preserved specimen of a rather plentiful Red Book variety lies close to the Condition Census for the variety. It is an ideal Flowing Hair Dollar for a Type collector. The reverse has a few identifiable small surface adjustment line (as made during the minting process) that appear in the left half of the design from rim to eagles legs. The smooth luster is very impressive on this side as well. An exceptional strike is noted throughout, with the weak breast feathers showing rounding, as is the norm with few individual feather outlines. The most recognizable aspect of BB-27 is a raised line some call a "die bar" common to all BB-27s and visible at the back of Liberty's hair at the top curl. A Type buyer with sophistication and discernment, someone like our consignor, would be fortunate in the extreme to have this specimen in his Type set. Pop 13; 48 finer .

Variety Notes: BB-27 represents one of several varieties with the three-leaves reverse and the Head of '95 obverse. In this case, the portrait of Liberty is in a high-relief rendering on the finished coins. On the obverse, Liberty's lowest curl is open and distant from star one. The reverse displays 13 berries on the wreath, seven on the left branch and six on the right, with three berries beneath the eagle's wing on the left and two berries beneath the wing on the right. Pop 11; 2 in 65 for the 3 leaf variety. The detailed population report listed by die verities shows one BB-27 in 66 as finest for the variety.
Estimated Value $50,000 - 55,000.
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Lot 970
1795. 2 leaves beneath each wing. B-1, BB-21, Rarity 2. PCGS graded VG-8. Nice even toning. This is a particularly compelling Flowing Hair Dollar for the Type Set buyer. The surface is toned neutral medium gray, lighter on the high points. Surfaces are only gently abraded from circulation use, the rims much choicer than one usually sees. And historic relevance beyond measure as an 18th Century U.S. Silver Dollar, the premier silver coin of the young nation when George Washington was still President and John Adams was Vice President (PCGS # 6853) .
Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,900.
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Lot 971
1795. 2 leaves beneath each wing. B-1, BB-21, Rarity 2. PCGS graded F Details, Rim Damage. Nice old time toning and a respectable example of America's early Half Dollar coinage. The edge lettering reads FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR. Nowhere else on the coin is the denomination represented (PCGS # 6853) .
Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,500.
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Lot 972
1795. 3 leaves. B-5, BB-27, Rarity 1. ICG graded VF-30. Evenly toned. With light silver gray finish throughout plus rims that ideally superior to most early Bust Dollars this year. Meaning that they are blemish-free and show the rim dentils throughout. A well-liked Red Book variety. The BB-27 variety is the one most collectors choose to represent the 3 Leaves Reverse variety.

The government figures, per the annual Mint report, stated that 203,033 silver dollars were coined in calendar year 1795. Based upon the number of 1795-dated dollars in the 1878 Economite hoard and the number certified today, Dave Bowers, in the definitive guide book of Bust Silver Dollars, co-authored with Mark Borckhardt, estimated that about 390,000 were struck bearing the 1795 date. "I believe that nearly 185,000 of these were struck in later years, through 1798.".
Estimated Value $4,500 - 4,800.
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