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Lot 1153

1797 Draped Bust Dollar. 9 stars left, 7 right, large letters. PCGS graded EF-45. Extraordinary quality for any bust dollar, with memorable blue and gray toning throughout, and luster remains in the protected areas. A later die state, the obverse had all but shattered when this one was struck, and numerous light cracks can be seen as described in the Bower/Borckardt or Bolender reference, the reverse die had not cracked when this one was struck. Minor weakness is noted around the center of the obverse, as usual for the die state, and we note a very faint pin scratch above ERTY to the two stars nearby, and on the reverse there is a trivial gouge left and below the U of UNITED. The reverse die was rotated about 30 degrees clockwise when this one was struck. Well over half the eagle's breast feathers are sharp, and this coin is easily in the top few percent of those known of the date for eye appeal as well as technical grade.
Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,500.
From the Benson collection and purchased from B. Max Mehl on May 4, 1946 for $35.00, with the note "rare so choice" and we absolutely agree with that.

Realized $9,488

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