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Sale 63

Lot 877

1795 3 Leaves B-5, BB-27 Rarity 1. PCGS graded EF-45 PQ. Housed in a new secure plus holder. Pop 3; 11 finer at PCGS for the variety. A significant amount of luster is still evident in the protected areas. Both sides are deeply toned with gold, russet, and a trace of magenta shades. Sharp detail, most of the rim dentils clear except for minor flattening on those below the date. All major detail evident in the wreath and eagle on this carefully struck coin.

Obverse 9, head of 1795: Flowing hair in six curls, the 3rd and 4th close together; the 4th has a tiny curved "tail" extending downward, and visible on higher grade pieces. Lowest curl distant from star. A "bar" over 2 mm. long extends diagonally from close to top curl toward point of 5th star. Look for the "bar" near uppermost curl. (By contrast, BB-20 has the bar near 4th star.) Wide date, the 1 and 7 farthest apart. First star about as close to 1 as 7 is to 9. Most early die states show striking weakness at the centers.

As is the case with the obverse die used to coin BB-21, BB-22, and BB-23, the present obverse had the head of Liberty deeply impressed into the die, causing it to be in slightly higher relief than other varieties of the year; because of this, the hair details wore away quickly as the coins circulated. Obverse die used to strike 1795 BB-27 only.

Reverse J: Three leaves under each wing. 13 berries, seven on left branch, six on right. Three leaves under each wing of eagle. Two berries under first T in STATES, one on inside and one on outside of wreath. With four leaves below first S of STATES (late state of die, also used to coin BB-25, later state, and BB-26; the state used to strike BB-25, early state, has only three leaves).

Reverse die used to strike 1795 BB-25 (two states; Die State I with three leaves and Die State Ill with four leaves under first S in STATES; presumably, one of the leaf recesses in the die was clogged, thus preventing one leaf from striking up), BB-26 (later state with four leaves under first S in STATES), and BB-27 (later state with four leaves under first S in STATES) (PCGS # 39977) .
Estimated Value $15,000 - 20,000.
Ex: Hesselgesser Collection.

Realized $11,500

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