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    1795 Flowing Hair Dollar, MS62
    B-2, BB-20, Two Leaves
    Vibrantly Lustrous Early Dollar

    1795 $1 Flowing Hair, Two Leaves, B-2, BB-20, R.3, MS62 PCGS. Bowers Die State II. Among the Two Leaves 1795 Flowing Hair dollars, the B-2, BB-20 die marriage is of moderate scarcity. Compared to the most common Two Leaves variety (B-1, BB-21), BB-20 is seen about one-third as often. An angled die scratch near the inner point of star 4 is the primary pick-up point for BB-20, as is the innermost point of star 1, which pierces the bottom curl.

    Nearly all (if not all) BB-20 examples are struck from a lapped obverse die. The left-hand stars are thinner and a bit spindly compared to unlapped stars. The obverse is shared with BB-19, although that usage was extremely limited -- just one BB-19 piece has ever been confirmed. The reverse die is in its first use on BB-20, later seen on BB-21 and BB-24.

    Like other BB-20 coins, the obverse is sharper than the reverse. The Bowers' Encyclopedia notes: "while higher grade pieces will often show excellent hair detail on the obverse, usually the eagle's breast is somewhat flat." So it is on this coin, with bold definition throughout Liberty's hair strands, arranged in six prominent curls. The eagle's torso is weakly struck. Grayish-blue toning with lavender and pale-violet highlights grace the lustrous obverse. The reverse is lightly iridescent with an overall faint-gold sheen, and shows a 35° clockwise rotation compared to the obverse.

    The variety is typically seen in Fine to Extra Fine condition, and it is scarce in About Uncirculated grades or finer. This MS62 example flirts with the low end of the Condition Census, listed by Steve Herrman as 65,65,64,64,63,63. The fields are free of most marks, although a number of tiny ticks exist on Liberty's cheek and neck to account for the assigned grade. Cartwheel mint luster flashes brightly from both sides, to a far greater extent than on most Uncirculated Flowing Hair dollars. We expect spirited bidding when this highly lustrous, Mint State early dollar is called.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24WZ, Variety PCGS# 39985, 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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    February, 2020
    20th-23rd Thursday-Sunday
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