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Sale 63

Lot 889

1798 B-10, BB-109 Rarity 5. PCGS graded AU-50. Housed in a new secure plus holder. Pop 1; none finer at PCGS for the variety. The obverse exhibits shades of russet, violet, and blue-green about the borders while the reverse displays similar hues scattered throughout. A long adjustment line crosses the reverse from O(F) through the scroll and into the shield below, which will serve as an identifier of this particular specimen.

1798 BB-109 is a scarce issue. Estimates are that 75 to 125 exist, nearly all of which are in lower grades. Opinions concerning the rarity of this variety have been the subject of debate. Bolender suggested Rarity-4 (76 to 200 known, if he used the Sheldon Scale), which may be correct at the rarer end of the spread. Others have suggested that fewer than 30 exist. BB-109 is almost always weakly struck on the eagle and at the center of the bust (the latter, as here) (PCGS # 40026) .
Estimated Value $8,000 - 10,000.
Ex: Hesselgesser Collection.

Realized $11,213

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