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Sale 65

Lot 5009

1795 B-2, BB-20 Flowing Hair 2 Leaves Rarity 3. PCGS graded AU-53. Subset of PCGS # 6853. In a new secure plus holder. A medium dark gray and smooth specimen with a gradation of natural toning on both sides which becomes lighter as it progresses to the high points of the design (Liberty and the eagle). The contact from the dies is virtually complete, except perhaps a hint of weakness as seen on the upper hair waves. Regarding the rims, these are fully formed, have complete and balanced dentils, and are free of injury. The stars are all sharp. Some are thinner than others (those on the left in particular), but each comes to a needle-like point. All legends crisp.

This die marriage uses the obverse from 1795 BB-19 and BB-20 paired with the reverse die used to strike 1795 BB-20, BB-21, and BB-24. The reverse has two leaves under each wing. A leaf ends directly below the center of the first S in STATES and another leaf ends just under the left corner of the upright of E in STATES. The wreath is delicate, leaves small, berries large. 19 berries arranged nine left, 10 right. Paired berries opposite I in UNITED, opposite A in STATES, under leaf below O in OF, and opposite I in AMERICA, on both inside and outside of wreath. One of these large berries is below right corner of I in UNITED, another below left corner of I in AMERICA. This is one of just two 1795 reverses with two berries inside the branch near the eagle's tail (the other die is that used to coin 1795 BB-15 and BB-16). This reverse die bears a very close relationship with the reverse used to coin 1795 BB-15 and 20, and another die used to coin BB-23, and must have been prepared by the same person about the same time. The Finest Certified. Pop 1; none finer at PCGS for the variety (PCGS # 39985) .
Estimated Value $20,000-UP.
The Dr. Hesselgesser Collection.

Realized $22,800

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