Bowers and Merena - The April 2008 Chicago Rarities Sale Lot #489

  • PCGS
  • 58
  • CAC
  • N

1798 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. Large Eagle. B-13, BB-108. Rarity-3. Pointed 9, Wide Date. AU-58 (PCGS).

This is one of the more plentiful die marriages of the 1798 Large Eagle Silver Dollar, but most examples that we encounter grade no finer than EF-45. Even low-end AUs are very scarce, while this near-Mint survivor is decidedly rare. Very few Mint State examples of the 1798 B-13 Dollar are known to exist.A very pleasing coin, both sides are veiled in soft silver-gold patina that reveals somewhat of a pinkish-silver cast on the obverse at direct angles. There are also some slightly deeper, blue-gray highlights intermingled here and there near the denticles. The overall strike is well executed, and the definition on the obverse is quite bold. Although the reverse also appears to have been well struck from the dies, a concentration of adjustment marks (as produced) in the center has obscured the finer definition to the eagle's head and breast, as well as the horizontal stripes in the shield. Still predominantly lustrous, this satiny example is also praiseworthy due to a lack of distracting abrasions.

PCGS#: 6873