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Sale 63

Lot 882

1797 10X6 Stars B-3, BB-71 Rarity 2. PCGS graded AU-58. Housed in a new secure plus holder. Pop 1; none finer at PCGS for the variety. Die clash marks exist on both sides but are most noticeable on the obverse. This high grade example is lustrous and quite appealing, with luster stretching across the fields, throughout the devices, and limited only on the topmost points of the design. Light silvery gray patina, old-silver in hue, classic appearance of a well-cared for specimen from an old-time collection.

Draped Bust, Small Eagle Type. Obverse 1: 16 stars, only six at right facing bust. A die dot close to the bottom right of the second digit makes the date read 17.97 (some imagination is required); the last 7 is high. The star arrangement of 10 stars to the left and six to the right is unique in the dollar series. Obverse die used to strike 1797 BB-71 only.

Reverse A: Large letters in legend. 8 berries in left branch. Leaf ends under middle of E in STATES. Lowest berry near ribbon bow is on outside of wreath. Large planchet. A leaf is almost below the T in UNITED, a berry is under the center of the first T in STATES, another leaf is past the O in OF and another leaf is very close to the R in AMERICA. Three leaves below eagle's right (observer's left) wing. Reverse die used to strike 1797 BB-71 only.

1797 BB-71 is about tied with BB-73 in terms of availability. Estimates are that 1,200 to 2,000 are known. If anything, BB-71 is very slightly scarcer than BB-73 (PCGS # 40004) .
Estimated Value $35,000 - 45,000.
Ex: Hesselgesser Collection.

Realized $34,500

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