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Lot 592

1795 B-2, BB-20. Rarity 3 2 Leaves. PCGS graded VF-35. A wonderful toned example of the variety, with lighter "rubbed" accents on the highest points while deeper overal silvery gray marks a consistency throughout the field and around devices. The rims are full and crisp, without any bruises or planchet cracks. A Redbook variety, two thin leaves extend downards on each side of the branch at top, above the eagle's head and wing. The leaves as well as the berries and lettering were all punched into the dies by hand in this period, hence the wide variety of berry counts and letter positioning. A fascinating subject for the numismatist. Bust dollar collecting by die variety has been a popular pastime among advanced numismatists for almost 150 years now! Not considered rare as a variety, but: Only two examples graded in VF for this variety at PCGS. (PCGS # 39985) .

Design features the second style head punch Head of 1795. Flowing hair in six prominent curls. The lowest curl is pierced and separated by the innermost point of star 1, and the curl is continued upwards to almost close its loop. Wide date on BB-20, the 95 closer together than the other figures. The upper left star is 2 mm. distant from L in LIBERTY, and is farther from the L than in any other variety. A diagonal "bar," actually a small die scratch, slightly more than 1.5 mm. long appears raised in the left field close to inner point of 4th star, this bar extending diagonally northwest to southeast. The position of the bar distinguishes it from BB-27, which also has a bar, but close to the 5th star.
Estimated Value $7,000 - 8,000.
Ex; Hesselgesser Collection.

Realized $8,100

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