1803 $1 Small 3, B-5, BB-252, R.3 MS63 NGC....
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Mint records suggest that 85,634 silver dollars were coined in 1803, although many of those were dated 1802. In addition, there were 19,570 silver dollars coined in 1804, and it is known that they were dated 1802 or 1803. Dave Bowers estimated an actual production of 1803-dated silver dollars at approximately 60,000 coins.
Less than a dozen examples of the B-5 silver dollar are known in Mint State grades, and the present specimen is solidly in the Condition Census. Our sale of the Queller Collection offered an MS64 coin. Two other pieces recorded in Dave Bowers' Silver Dollar Encyclopedia grade MS63, with three MS60 coins listed next. The famous Cardinal Collection lacked this variety, and the Hesselgesser specimen is just AU.
This sharp Mint State piece has full satin luster beneath outstanding iridescent toning with golden-brown, heather, and blue-green on the obverse. The reverse is mostly deep gold with iridescent highlights. (Variety PCGS# 40097, Base PCGS# 6900)
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