Menu
Welcome Sign-In | Join Now
Sold for Sign-in or Join (free & quick) includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 

Description

1803 Large 3 Dollar, B-6, BB-255, MS65+
The Finest Known 1803 Silver Dollar

1803 $1 Large 3 MS65+ NGC. CAC. B-6, BB-255, R.2. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. The present Eric Newman Collection 1803 Large 3 silver dollar, B-6, BB-255, is graded MS65+, an amazing Gem that is destined to set a record price for any 1803 silver dollar. The only strike weakness on this piece appears on the eagle's breast feathers, but all other features are boldly detailed. This extraordinary Gem exhibits reflective surfaces with nearly prooflike, mirrored fields. Both sides are lightly toned in original gold with iridescent accents.

Obverse Die. The obverse die appears only on this single Large 3 die marriage. The thick-top 3 has a serif at the upper left, and that is diagnostic.

Reverse Die. The "workhorse die" appeared on seven different die marriages dated 1801 (one), 1802/1 (two), 1802 (one), and 1803 (three).

Die State. This high-end Gem with a perfect obverse shows no sign of the hairline crack that later connects stars 10 and 11.

Condition Census. The "Col." E.H.R. Green-Eric Newman specimen has been off the market for more than 70 years. It is unknown if this specimen has ever been offered in a public auction sale. If it had been included under Notable Specimens in Bowers' 2013 reference, it would rank far finer than any other example enumerated. This specimen is graded MS65+ NGC-CAC and is the finest known specimen by more than two grade points. It is the finest known example of the 1803 Large 3 major silver dollar type, as well as of the B-6, BB-255 die marriage. It is also the finest known silver dollar struck for circulation dated 1803.

Appearances. This specimen is illustrated as part of NGC's presentation of the Newman Collection at www.NGCCoin.com.

Commentary. There are two major types of 1803-dated silver dollars, classified in the Guide Book and other references as Small 3 and Large 3. Four different die marriages are known for the Small 3 type, but the Large 3 is known from only a single die pairing, the B-6, BB-255.

Examples of the B-6, BB-255 die marriage are relatively available in grades below XF45, and a specimen in AU can be acquired with some patience. About a dozen pieces survive in Mint State. The 2013 Encyclopedia, under Notable Specimens, details 10 of those Mint State pieces, even though it omits the Newman MS65+ coin, which is by far the finest known.

Provenance. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $60.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.(Registry values: P2) (PCGS# 6901)

Service and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  | NGC Coin Grading Guarantee  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Glossary of Terms

Auction Info

Auction Dates
November, 2013
15th-16th
Internet/Mail/Phone Bidders: 17
Members Tracking: N/A
Page Views: 2,194

Buyer's Premium per Lot:
17.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

Heritage membership

940,605
bidder-members
$885,447,626
sold in the last year

Join Now - It's Free

VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 

Consignments wanted

Consign to the 2015 December 8 - 9 World Coins Signature Auction - Dallas.

Learn about consigning with us

Heritage Auction Sales staff performed an outstanding service to this first time consignor.
J.B.,
Fairfax, VA
View More Testimonials

HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit: compete.com

Video tutorial

Getting the most out of search

Recent auctions

2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN
2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN
REALIZED $8,332,129
2015 April 9 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
2015 April 9 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $6,503,481
2015 April 22 - 28 CSNS Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
2015 April 22 - 28 CSNS Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $10,592,191

© 2015 Heritage Auctions | All Rights Reserved