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1798 $1 B-31, BB-115, MS
Closed Auction
1798 $1 B-31, BB-115, MS
Closed Auction

About the item

Bowers Die State IV. Struck from a near-terminal state of the reverse die, this Choice XF early dollar traces back to M.H. Bolender's collection, where it was the plate coin for his B-31a variety (BB-115) -- then thought to be an R.7 variety, although more examples are known today (60+ years later). This coin still approaches the Condition Census for the die pair. Haseltine was unaware of the die marriage, which features a sole use of the reverse die. High rims and broad obverse denticles indicate an especially deep strike. The reverse is sharper than usual, with all of the field stars visible and crisp definition of the other motifs despite numerous cracks that foreshadow a shattered die. Smooth, attractive surfaces are richly iridescent with traces of mint luster. Only the expected tiny marks and minor abrasions are seen under a loupe. This lot comes with a nice copy of Bolender's Second Revised Edition -- including the confirming plate of the B-31a reverse -- and the auction envelope from the coin's subsequent appearance in Part 3 of Superior's October, 1973 auction.HID07601242017
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