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Lot 1375

1800 B-12, BB-184 Normal Date Rarity 3. NGC graded AU-58. Subset of PCGS #6887. A genuinely pleasing Bust Dollar, one whose stunning detail, light silvery color, and absence of marks earns it a place in any fine-quality collection of these magisterial coins! What a treat it is for us to be able to offer it in this sale. The year 1800 comprised many die pairings. BB-184 is distinctive for the following:

Obverse 2 (as in BB-182) with medium wide date, figures evenly spaced. Upper point of 8th star is very close to top right tip of Y. The R in LIBERTY is double punched. On the left, stars 6 and 7 are more widely spaced than are any of the others. On the right, stars 11 and 12 are more closely spaced than are any of the others. This obverse die was used to strike 1800 BB-182, BB-183, and BB-184.

REVERSE C (unique to BB-184) and featuring a die dot inside the lower part of E in UNITED, with a more prominent die flaw at lower left side of E in AMERICA. Flaw or crack like a single quotation mark or line to the upper left of U in UNITED. These things quickly distinguish this reverse from all others. Left side of N in UNUM about in a line with edge of eagle 's neck the only 1800 reverse for which this is true. Smallest letters in E PLURIBUS UNUM of any reverse die used this year. The berries are small. Leaf point under left side of upright of I in AMERICA. Point of upper part of eagle's beak shuts down near point of star. A does not touch feathers, and AME do not join. A over clouds 2 (partly) and 3 (mostly). Tip of arrowhead under right upright of U in UNITED. The U in UNITED is defective at its upper left corner, from a broken punch (as with 1799 reverses H, I and P), but was hand-corrected by its engraver; thus, this is possibly one of the earliest 1800 dies. The fact that all but two 1799 reverses had small letters in E PLURIBUS UNUM also reinforces this suggestion. Pop 1; none finer at NGC for the variety .
Estimated Value $6,000 - 6,500.
Ex: Hesselgesser Collection.

Realized $10,638

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