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    1803 Draped Bust Dollar, AU55
    Popular B-5, BB-252 Variety

    1803 $1 Small 3 AU55 PCGS. B-5, BB-252, R.3. Bowers-Borckardt Die State I. The BB-252 variety is identified by the small numeral 3 placed high in the date and a spur on the outside lower-right curve of the D in UNITED. This was the only use of the obverse die, but the hardy reverse was used to strike six other varieties from 1801-1803. With a surviving population of 500-950 coins, the BB-252 is relatively easy to locate in lower circulated grades, but the issue is very scarce in AU.

    The present coin is an attractive Choice AU specimen with well-detailed design elements that show just a trace of wear on the high points of the design. The pleasing lavender-gray and golden-brown surfaces are lightly abraded and retain flashes of original mint luster, with a few hints of amber on the reverse. Population: 13 in 55, 15 finer (12/13).
    From The Papio Collection.(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24XD, PCGS# 6900)


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