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Sale 63

Lot 894

1799 Irregular Date B-15, BB-152 Rarity 3. PCGS graded MS-64 PQ. Housed in a new secure plus holder. Pop 1; none finer at PCGS for the variety. Absolutely phenomenal cartwheel luster! This coin has anything that even the most discerning collector could ever dream of. The dazzling eye appeal truly sets this beauty apart from the rest. While viewing this astounding creation one can hardly turn away. With such pizzazz this marvelous example is deserving of a strong bid. An opportunity to own such a fantastic piece is few and far between.

This charming, Finest Known example includes the famous "Blundered Stars Reverse" with a line star pattern on the reverse (only 1799 of this style).

The obverse first appears in 1799 BB-151 and is known in numismatic circles as the Irregular Date. The obverse die was used to strike 1799 BB-151 (first use), BB-152 (intermediate use), and BB-153 (final use).

The Reverse is from 1798. Struck from the same die as BB-123 and BB-124 of the 1798 dollars, the 5 berries are the smallest of any variety of the 1799 date (just like BB-164 has the largest berries of any variety of the 1799 date). A die crack joins the stem end to the border below. As mentioned above, this is a significant variety as the only 1799 dollar with a "line pattern " of stars on the reverse. Most seen are very weakly struck on the reverse stars (but not as weak as on 1798 BB-124, on which the weakness was caused by an extensively damaged lower right obverse die being opposite on the coin). Far right edge of A is over cloud 3. Reverse die used to strike 1798 BB-123 (earliest state), BB-124 (intermediate state, now relapped); and 1799 BB 152 (latest state) (PCGS # 40045) .
Estimated Value $120,000 - 140,000.
Ex: Cardinal/Hesselgesser Collection.

Realized $115,000

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