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Lot 1050

1796 Draped Bust $1 B-1, BB-66 Small date, small letters. Rarity 4. PCGS graded EF-40. A few light horizontal adjustment lines through the central reverse. Lustrous around some of the stars and letters of the legend, pleasing choice neutral pewter-gray to "antique silver" colored surfaces put on a show with their lack of marks, planchet defects, or other objections; in truth, the overall appearance greatly reinforced by the choice preservation. Regarding this variety, the date is small date; the 9 and 6 closer together than other figures. The highest wave of hair under upright of E; second highest wave under and slightly to the right of the middle of R. This obverse bears a close resemblance with that of BB-63, and specimens are often confused with it. This and the obverse die used to strike BB-61 and BB-62 were the first two obverse dies cut in 1796, and have the lower right tip of the R in LIBERTY intact. Reverse B, held over from 1795 BB-51, herewith repeated. In fact, this sturdy Small Letters reverse die appeared in no fewer than five marriages: 1795 BB-51; 1796 BB-62, BB-63, and BB-66 (now relapped); 1797 BB-72; and 1798 BB-81. Pop 1; 1 finer in 58. Only 2 examples graded for the variety at PCGS. (PCGS # 39999) .
Estimated Value $9,000 - 10,000.
Ex; Hesselgesser Collection.

Realized $9,488

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