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    1802 Narrow Date Dollar, MS65+
    Single Finest B-6, BB-241 Example
    Ex: Clark-Starr-Flannagan-Cardinal

    1802 $1 Narrow Date, B-6, BB-241, R.1, MS65+ PCGS. CAC. Ex: Cardinal-Simpson. Bowers Die State III. Offered here is an early Draped Bust silver dollar of monumental significance. Not only is it the finest example of the B-6, BB-241 die marriage, it is the sole finest 1802 dollar, regardless of variety, certified at either PCGS or NGC by the margin of the Plus designation.

    The obverse die used in the production of BB-241 dollars is unique to this variant. A noticeable space exists between 8 and 0 in the date, the 2 is positioned away from the bust, and the right foot of the T in LIBERTY is missing. The reverse, which was first used to strike 1801 BB-212, 1802/1 BB-231, and 1802/1 BB-232 dollars, exhibits the tip of the leftmost arrowhead under the left edge of the left serif on the N in UNITED, and the leaf tip points under the left serif of the I in UNITED.

    BB-241 is hands-down the most available 1802 dollar die pair. It is more plentiful than all other 1802 varieties combined, and serves as the most collectible die marriage for all Draped Bust dollars from 1798 to 1803. Dave Bowers writes in his Silver Dollar Encyclopedia:

    "In terms of all dates of early dollars, only 1795 Flowing Hair BB-21 and BB-27 are of about equal availability. Mint State specimens exist in multiples, a highly unusual situation for an early dollar."



    Although a number of BB-241 dollars survive in high grades, the only other example that seriously challenges this piece for top spot on the Condition Census is the Eliasberg-Pogue coin. In that coin's March 2017 auction appearance, the Stack's Bowers cataloger made sure to specifically mention this piece:

    "The only example of this date to ever receive a higher grade, or at least whatever decimalized advantage a plus sign suggests, is the T. James Clarke-Starr-Flannagan-Cardinal BB-241, a multicolored gem responsible for two different listings in the Bowers censuses of 1993 and 2013. This piece presents a very different sort of aesthetic, and it's easy to imagine different connoisseurs choosing either this coin or that one as the one that best suits their preferences."



    We suspect this outstanding Gem will suit the preferences of any advanced, discerning collector. Certainly, the esteemed early dollar specialist Martin Logies and collector-extraordinaire Bob Simpson thought this coin worthy of their impeccable sets. As an ideal type coin, it represents the best of the best of early American coinage. But it is so much more than merely representational. It survives in nearly pristine condition as a tangible souvenir from the United States Mint's formative period.

    An array of multicolor tones covers each side in blended shades of blue and rose, violet and gold, with added sea-green elements throughout. No die cracks are seen on either side, and the strike is sharp from Liberty's portrait and the eagle's breast feathers out toward the stars and legends. The curls at the back of Liberty's neck show moderate evidence of lapping, as usual for this later die state. Vibrant mint luster swirls beneath the toning, enhancing the appeal. A few stray microscopic ticks are well-concealed and wholly undistracting. This is a landmark opportunity for early dollar collectors and those interested in high-grade type coinage. Be prepared to bid accordingly.
    Ex: From Europe via "a New York dealer"; T. James Clark Collection (New Netherlands Coin Company, 11/1956), lot 649; Floyd T. Starr Collection (Stack's, 10/1992), lot 578; Phillip Flannagan Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/2001), lot 4293; Martin Logies; Cardinal Collection (American Numismatic Rarities, 6/2005), lot 58; Legend Numismatics; Bob R. Simpson.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 40087)

    Weight: 26.96 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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