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Sale 63

Lot 874

1795 2 Leaves B-10, BB-22 Rarity 7. PCGS graded VF-30 PQ. CAC Approved. Housed in a new secure plus holder. Pop 1; 2 finer in 58 for the variety. A lovely example of this elusive variety which J.W. Haseltine referred to as "excessively rare." Both sides exhibit soothing antique gray hues with some russet shades splashed here and there throughout. Identifiable by a small planchet impurity indentation atop the first S in STATES. Choice, perfect rims; smooth, appealiing surfaces on both sides.

1795 BB-22 is a very rare variety of which probably no more than 25 to 50 are known. Virtually all are in lower grades through VF, a notable exception being the F.C.C. Boyd coin, later appearing on the market in other sales, which is a superb Uncirculated example. Bolender called this variety R-6 (13 to 30, if he was using the Sheldon Scale), which rating is essentially unchanged today.

Obverse 6: Flowing hair in five prominent curls, with a thin faint additional curl below the third curl from the top. Innermost point of star 1 just touches lowest curl. The curl continues upward to half close the loop. Head high and closer to LIBERTY than on most other obverses. The date is wide, with more space between 1 and 7 than other figures. The 7 in the date was repunched over an erroneous 1, prompting some to catalogue the variety as 1795 over 1195. The erroneous 1 is especially visible on early die states. This die bears a very close resemblance to the die used to coin BB-15; especially with regard to the high position of the head and the relationship of the hair curl to the first star.

As is the case with the obverse used to coin BB-27, the present obverse (also used to coin BB-22 and BB-23) had the head of Liberty deeply impressed into the die, causing it to be in slightly higher relief than most other varieties of the year; because of this, the hair details wore away quickly as the coins circulated.

Reverse H: Two leaves below each wing. 18 berries arranged nine left and nine right. A berry is on the outside of the wreath opposite C in AMERICA, and only one berry opposite last A in AMERICA, that being on inside of wreath. Two berries on outside of wreath on right between eagle's wing and ribbon bow. Reverse die used to strike 1795 BB-22 only (PCGS # 39987) .
Estimated Value $40,000 - 50,000.
Ex: Hesselgesser Collection.

Realized $34,500

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