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Lot 1373

1798 B-20, BB-102 Pointed 9 Wide Date Rarity 5. PCGS graded EF-45. CAC Approved. Subset of PCGS #40018. A lovely, naturally toned coin and a very elusive variety featuring the Arc star pattern on reverse.

The obverse has a Wide date, 11 mm. across at widest part with the 1 close to the curl, 8 near the bust but does not touch. Two upper stars are near L and Y. The first star nearly 4 mm. from the hair. A ray of the last star points to the lower edge of a denticle. The obverse displays a prominent die chip between the left side of the 9 and the bust. The bottom stand of the T in LIBERTY is repunched. This obverse die was used to strike 1798 BB-102, BB-103, and BB-107.

It is combined with Reverse E earlier used on 1798 BB-94 which is also the same die used to strike BB-95. The die crack that developed on BB-95 from right wing down through I in AMERICA to border has now become heavier in BB-102. Another crack is below ER in AMERICA. The BB-102 reverse also has a number of die dots in and around the second cloud from the right plus a small crack from the O to the F in OF, to the lower part of the first S in STATES. Incused denticles (clash marks from the obverse) are often visible above ES and OF. Faint clash mark from bust is seen through OF.
Reverse die used to strike 1798 BB-94 (earliest state), BB-95 (intermediate state), and BB-102 (final state). Pop 1; 2 finer at PCGS for the variety, 1 in 50, 1 in 58 (PCGS # 40019) .
Estimated Value $5,000 - 5,500.
Ex: Miller/Hesselgesser Collection.

Realized $5,468

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