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Highly Lustrous 1799/8 Dollar, MS63
B-1, BB-142, 13 Star Reverse
Second Finest Known, Ex: French, Cardinal Collections

1799/8 $1 13 Stars Reverse MS63 PCGS. B-1, BB-142, R.4. Die State III. This state shows extensive die cracking around the reverse lettering and significant die crumbling at the I in AMERICA. Three overdate varieties are known for 1799, this one as well as B-3 and B-2. This variety is distinguished by the overdate feature on the obverse. The reverse has 13 stars above the eagle arranged in curved arcs, and the leaf points to the center of the I in AMERICA. This reverse was only used to strike this variety.
Among the Notable Specimens in the Bowers-Borckardt dollar reference, this coin is listed twice, once as the Auction '84 coin and again as the French Family Specimen. It appears this is the second finest example known of this variety, second only to the Eliasberg coin. The surfaces are brilliant throughout and show exceptional mint frost--luster unlike that seen on almost all early dollars. The devices are sharply struck overall; in fact, fully struck on the obverse. The reverse only shows slight softness in the usual place, on the breast feathers above the shield. A few shallow adjustment marks are noted at the upper left corner of the shield, and the only other mark of any note is a small planchet void below the second 9 in the date.
Ex: Auction '84 (Stack's session, 7/1984), lot 1185; L.R. French Family Collection (Stack's, 1/1989), lot 10; Cardinal Collection (ANR, 6/2005), lot 36.
From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.(Registry values: P1) (NGC ID# 24X7, PCGS# 6884)

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