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Lot 869

1795 2 Leaves B-9, BB-13 Rarity 4. PCGS graded AU-55 PQ. CAC Approved. Housed in a new secure plus holder. Pop 1; none finer at PCGS for the variety. The obverse die clash marks are quite intriguing. This attractive example is blanketed with lovely golden shades on both sides. A superior specimen with eruptions of faint afterglow on both sides associated with the turtle-shell gray patina. Nearly fully struck for this era, however just a hint of limitation in the detail at the eagle's wings and body. Perfectly centered on a choice, smooth planchet.

Head of 1794. Obverse 1 same as in BB-11. Sometimes seen in a late die state showing die clash marks from the wings and wreath behind Miss Liberty's head, as here. Obverse die used to strike 1795 BB-11, BB-12, and BB-13.

Reverse C: Two leaves under each wing. 17 berries, nine on left branch, eight on right. A berry is on outside of the wreath midway between S and T of STATES, the only variety in which this occurs; the arrangement is similar to that used on the 1794 dollar. Reverse die used to strike 1795 BB-13 and BB-14.

The die state usually seen. Specimens are often seen with varying degrees of bifurcation on obverse and reverse, and sometimes (but not here) indistinct denticles.

About 300 to 500 specimens exist of 1795 BB-13, a figure considerably more liberal than the Bolender suggestion of R-5 (31 to 75 coins, if he meant R-5 on the Sheldon Scale), or the 1881 Type-Table designation of "very rare." (PCGS # 39980) .
Estimated Value $40,000 - 50,000.
Ex: Hesselgesser Collection.

Realized $46,000

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