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    1795 B-9, BB-13 Dollar, MS62
    Early Die State
    Likely the Finest Known of the Variety

    1795 $1 Flowing Hair, Two Leaves, B-9, BB-13, R.4, MS62 NGC. Bowers Die State I. An early die state with no clash marks or cracks visible on either side. Both sides have bold denticles with a nicely centered strike, yielding wide border details. Slight die roughness is noted above the date and near the bust tip, with the 7 and 5 each repunched. The obverse die was used for BB-11, 12, and 13 (B-3, 11, and 9), the first three 1795 silver dollar varieties coined, according to the Bowers Encyclopedia of United States Silver Dollars 1794-1804. After the present variety was minted, the reverse was used for B-4, BB-14.

    The Notable Specimens section of the current (2013) Bowers reference is not an official Condition Census, nor was it meant to be. Much of the information was compiled in the early 1990s as part of the two-volume Silver Dollars & Trade Dollars of the United States, A Complete Encyclopedia. Together, these two references are still the only published source of census information about the early dollars. The finest piece listed in the 1993 Bowers & Borckardt Notable Specimens was an MS63 Auction '90 specimen, except that is actually a B-13 (BB-24) dollar.

    Today, we know that the Cardinal Collection included an AU58 PCGS specimen in 2005, and the catalogers at that time felt it was the finest known. Another AU58 example (certified by NGC) appeared in our ANA Signature auction of July, 2005. Other notable coins include an AU55 appearing in the 1987 Bowers and Merena sale of the Saunders Collection, and the AU55 Hesselgesser specimen. Another high-grade piece includes the Atwater specimen, a Mint State coin with heavy planchet lamination defects. Thereafter, about a dozen XF pieces exist.

    The present MS62 NGC dollar is, in our opinion, the finest known B-9, BB-13 silver dollar, clearly finer than any of the above-listed candidates. This lovely dollar has light silver-gray surfaces with full frosty mint luster beneath wisps of champagne toning. Faint adjustment marks at the central obverse cause strike weakness at the central reverse. A shallow abrasion between UNITED and STATES plus some small streaks of medium-gray toning appear on the reverse. Here is a splendid Mint State early dollar for the advanced variety specialist, and a rare opportunity for the connoisseur of Flowing Hair dollars.
    Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2013), lot 5715. (NGC ID# 24WZ, Variety PCGS# 39980, Base PCGS# 6853)

    Weight: 26.96 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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