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Sale 63

Lot 885

1798 5 Lines B-6, BB-96 Rarity 3. PCGS graded AU-55 PQ. Housed in a new secure plus holder. Pop 2; 1 finer in 61 for the variety. Lustrous with golden tones throughout. Quite a desirable example with all the finer design elements clearly displayed, including complete E PLURIBUS UNUM on the scroll.

Line star pattern on reverse. Large Letters reverse, 5 lines in each shield element.

This obverse die used to strike 1798 BB-95 (early state only) and BB-96 (early state and late state).

Reverse F: Large Letters reverse from 1796 type font (larger interior space in A, open S, etc.); 5 lines in each vertical shield element. This was one of the first Heraldic Eagle reverse dies cut in early 1798 according to researchers. A ray of a star is near center of space between two parts of eagle's beak, but does not touch; star ray points to between B and U. Line star pattern. Leaf points to center of I in AMERICA. Only 10 perfect arrows, and two sticks (one stick is located between the 2nd and 3rd arrow shaft from the left and the other is between the 2nd and 3rd from the right). Often found with very heavy denticles and weakness of strike at the centers. The base of the first A in AMERICA is joined solid.

1798 BB-96 is of medium scarcity within the context of varieties of this date, with an estimated population of 500 to 800 pieces. As is true of most other dollars of this era, the VF category is the most populous. EF examples are in the distinct minority, and AU coins are rarer yet (PCGS # 40011) .
Estimated Value $9,000 - 11,000.
Ex: Hesselgesser Collection.

Realized $12,075

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