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Sale 65

Lot 5010

1795 B-1, BB-21 Silver Plug Flowing Hair 2 Leaves Rarity 2. PCGS graded AU-53 CAC Approved. Subset of PCGS # 6854. In a new secure plus holder. Fully toned in pale golden lilac and intermingled gray shades. An aesthetic prize that is the byproduct of decade after decade of careful stewardship. Well struck with full star centers and only a bit of flatness in the hair curls and an oval of softness on the eagle's breast. No marks, substantial, minuscule, or otherwise yielding what most would describe at truly pristine fields. A few individual adjustment lines are present atop the reverse eagle, and when magnified scrutiny will reveal most have disappeared as the eye moves away from the center.

This coin (were it not for the silver plug) would lie within the Condition Census for the variety or very close to it. During the pre-1993 research for the Bowers Encyclopedia, one piece included in the listings of "notable specimens" was a MS-64 and second finest known. The Stackís 1984, Stackís 1990, and 1945 Boyd coins all appear to be nice Mint State pieces, but after those few the Census becomes quickly engulfed with pieces in the AU range. However, collectors like to separate the few specimens With Silver Plug into a special side category, and for obvious reasons!

Variety Notes: BB-21 represents one of several varieties with the two-leaves reverse and the Head of '95 obverse. On the obverse, Liberty's lowest curl is nearly closed and touches a point of star one, visually extending that star point. The reverse displays 19 berries on the wreath, nine on the left branch and 10 on the right, with three berries beneath the eagle's wing on the left and four berries beneath the wing on the right (including one berry on the outside right, below the I in AMERICA). Pop 1; none finer at PCGS for the variety (PCGS # 39994) .
Estimated Value $70,000-UP.
The Dr. Hesselgesser Collection.

Realized $71,875

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