1798 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. Heraldic Eagle. B-11, BB-111. Rarity-3. BB Die State V. Pointed 9, Wide Date. AU-53 (PCGS).
This is a very scarce die state of this popular die marriage and in unusually high grade as well. The obverse and reverse are bright silver with pale gold hues, and there is luster in the protected areas. Clean surfaces in general with no signs of adjustments on either side, but three small rim nicks are found near star ten on the obverse, and these are mentioned for identification purposes. The reverse die was rotated about 25 degrees clockwise when this coin was struck. In a rare instance for the early Philadelphia Mint the obverse die was removed and the initial die crack through the lower points of the final star was nearly lapped out of the die, then coinage continued of this die pairing. Soon an additional crack formed, this new crack through the upper portion of the final star and continues through Liberty's mouth and head and ending in a raised blunt lump in the field below the L of LIBERTY. This example was struck after the first lower die crack had been partially effaced from the die in the open field area between her chin and the last star.