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    1799 Draped Bust Dollar, MS65
    7x6 Stars, B-9, BB-166
    Late Die State

    1799 $1 7x6 Stars, B-9, BB-166, R.1, MS65 NGC. Bowers Die State V, with a die crack through the left and right points of star 10 and some minor cracks near star 12. In fact, this coin is from an even later die state than Die State V, the final state recorded in the Bowers reference. In addition to all of the cracks recorded there, the reverse has a crack from the border to the right top of M, continuing down through ERI, and nearly disappearing as it reaches C; another crack joins the tops of ICA. This die marriage is usually identified by the die chip that follows the final S in STATES, resembling an apostrophe. For that reason, it is often called the "Apostrophe Variety." The die pair used to produce the B-9 dollar is unique in that neither die was used to strike any other variety in the early dollar series. The obverse stars are boldly defined, and appear to be larger than usual. Dave Bowers attributes this to the stars being more deeply punched into the die than normal.

    Even though several Mint State examples are recorded in Dave Bowers' Silver Dollar Encyclopedia, it is doubtful that any are more attractive than this spectacular Gem. The impeccably preserved surfaces combine pleasing shades of gray-brown and lighter ivory toning, with faint splashes of sea-green, lilac, and sky-blue patina on both sides. The obverse is nearly perfect, while the reverse has a few light adjustment marks at the center. The existing population of 1799 B-9 silver dollars may be as high as 1,500 coins; however, nearly every one is clearly circulated. The average grade of survivors is only about VF20 or so. Census: 5 in 65, 1 finer (6/20).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24X7, Variety PCGS# 40057, Base PCGS# 6878)

    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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