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Lot 5051

1798 B-11, BB-111 Pointed 9 Close Date Rarity 3. PCGS graded VF-35. Subset of PCGS # 40018. In a new secure plus holder. A worthwhile example by any standard, the field is not only smooth and unimpaired by marks or spotting, but it is also resolute in its light to medium gray tone. The highest design areas have a normal "rubbed silver" appearance (almost dove-gray by comparison), while medium old-silver color expands across the fields and depths on both sides. The strike, like the luster, is confident, indeed, as bold as ever seen on virtually any example of this variety. A die break through the hair seems to have displaced the die causing uneven striking in this area. Choice rims to go with the pleasing strike and color. A fresh original specimen. If one wanted to be picky, there is a tiny scuff in the obverse field that Libertyís eye seems to be focusing on. But this is minimal given the overall pleasant character of the coin.

Die characteristics as described by Bowers include: Medium wide date, 10 mm. across at bottom widest place. First star about as far from curl as upper right star is from Y. The upper left star is closer to L in LIBERTY and about the same distance as last star is from bust. On the left, stars 2-3, 3-4, and 6-7 are spaced wider apart than are the others. On the right, stars 8, 9, 10, and 11 are spaced farther from each other than are stars 11-12 and 12-13. A small clash mark shows just beneath ribbon bow along two highest curls at back of head.

Die State VII: Bolender-11b. The die crack across the hair continues across the cheek, mouth, and upper ray of last star to border. "This die state is always weak at the obverse center" according to Bowers, and as seen in this Lot (PCGS # 40028) .
Estimated Value $4,000-UP.
The Dr. Hesselgesser Collection.

Realized $3,450

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