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Sale 48

Lot 1217

1795 Flowing Hair Dollar. Rarity 1. NGC graded MS-64. In NGC holder 1712915-001. Well struck and problem free. The lovely smooth planchet shimmers with luster and vibrant sunset colors favoring hues of soft violet and deep blue. This very pretty and well-preserved specimen of a common variety lies near the apex of the Condition Census for the variety. It is an ideal flowing Hair dollar for a Type collector. Deep with the above-mentioned attractive toning, the original luster spreads widely over both sides, the obverse dominated by absolutely exquisite surface quality while the reverse is just about as pristine. The reverse has an identifiable small surface depression (as though a flake of metal escaped during the minting process) that left a shallow void above the eagle's head. The cartwheel luster is very impressive. An exceptional strike is noted throughout, with the often weak breast feathers showing many individual outlines. The most recognizable aspect of BB-27 is a raised line some call a "die bar" common to all BB-27s and visible at the back of Liberty's hair at the top curl. A Type buyer with sophistication and discernment, someone like our consignor, would be fortunate in the extreme to have this specimen in his Type set.

Variety Notes: BB-27 represents one of several varieties with the three-leaves reverse and the Head of '95 obverse. In this case, the portrait of Liberty is in a high-relief rendering on the finished coins. On the obverse, Liberty's lowest curl is open and distant from star one. The reverse displays 13 berries on the wreath, seven on the left branch and six on the right, with three berries beneath the eagle's wing on the left and two berries beneath the wing on the right. Pop 11; 2 in 65 for the 3 leaf variety. The detailed population report listed by die varities shows one BB-27 in 66 as finest for the variety.
Estimated Value $220,000 - 230,000.


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