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Lot 3229

1806 $5 Capped Bust. Pointed 6, 8 x 5 Stars. Miller 75, R.6. PCGS graded MS-63. PQ. Gorgeous, frosty yellow surfaces. Softly struck on some of the very highest points, but with no visible wear or color breaks on any of the surfaces. Struck from an early, near-perfect state of the dies, with no die break by the final S in STATES and with hardly any clashmarks on the reverse. The first two stars are jammed tightly together -- apparently, the engraver gave himself lots of room when placing the stars on the left side of the obverse. After adding the five stars on the right side, he suddenly realized that the total was only twelve, not the required thirteen. The thirteenth star was punched by the lowest hair curl, thus correcting the number but destroying an otherwise perfect symmetry. This rare variety was unlisted in Breen's monograph. PCGS reports 17 examples (of the 8 x 5 Stars sub-type, not the variety), with only four finer (all in MS-64) (PCGS # 8090) .
Estimated Value $18,000 - 22,000.

Realized $23,000

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