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Lot 1053

1797 Draped Bust $1 B-2, BB-72 9X7 Stars, small letters. Rarity 4. PCGS graded EF-45. Wide dentils on this specimen act as a frame for the inner design. While lower-end circulated examples are occasionally available, looking through the auction results over the years show us Efs are surprisingly elusive. This is a carefully graded, lightly patinated survivor that is indicative of an even higher grade because of the extra-choice surfaces and balanced appearance. Rims are problem-free. Fields are too. And the all-important aesthetic appeal is intact. Pop 2; None finer at PCGS for the variety. (PCGS # 40005) .

In the words of the Bowers encyclopedia of Silver Dollars, "of all 1797 varieties, the BB-72 is at once the rarest, best known, and most sought after. This issue occupies its own niche in numismatic literature, where it has been showcased as a rarity in some instances and ignored in others. Doubtless, it is the best known die variety of the 1796-1797 years combined. Indeed, it may well be the most famous variety after 1794 and before 1804.

"While various cataloguers over the years have ascribed great rarity to 1797 BB-72, I believe that about 200 to 300 exist today, as explained in detail above."
Estimated Value $18,000 - 22,000.
Ex; Hesselgesser Collection.

Realized $29,900

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