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Sale 65

Lot 5057

1798 B-31, BB-115 Pointed 9 Close Date Rarity 4. PCGS graded AU-50. Subset of PCGS # 40018. In a new secure plus holder. Here, too, we are pleased to describe a hand-picked example of the quality Dr. Hesselgesserís Bust Dollars are noted for: smooth surfaces, ideal "antique" silver color, piercingly detailed for the variety (strikes differ according to how the dies endured the extreme punishment imposed on them during the minting process). Easily finer in quality than many "raw" ones in nominally higher grades. Check the low census in this condition: Pop 2; 2 finer in 53 for the variety .

Die note: This reverse die, with a Line Star Pattern, first described by Bolender in 1950, was not known to J.W. Haseltine when he wrote his Type-Table in 1881. It has a star close to both upper and lower points of the eagle's beak but does not touch; a ray points to upper outside right of B of PLURIBUS. A leaf points near the center of the upright of I in AMERICA. Five small berries, the two upper ones closest together. Slight die crack along upper side of the right wing tip. The berries are small but the one at the top right appears slightly smaller than the others. 13 arrows, with the one overlapping the third shaft from the right having a tiny head. Reverse die used to strike 1798 BB-115 only (PCGS # 40032) .
Estimated Value $8,000-UP.
The Dr. Hesselgesser Collection.

Realized $7,475

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