PCGS Set Registry®
Early Dollars with Major Varieties and Silver Plug, Circulation Strikes (1794-1803): Cardinal Collection

Cardinal Collection - The Number One Finest Set of All Time

Retired Statistics
Rank 1
Weighted GPA 60.993
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 60.993
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About this set: From the Experts at PCGS
The Cardinal Collection began in 1994 with the goal of completing a choice AU and finer expanded "Red Book" variety set. After years of searching, the prime set of PCGS-recognized major varieties is finally completed, with all specimens grading AU55 or finer and more than 70% in mint state. In fact, the overall collection now includes fully one-eighth of the entire PCGS population of mint-state early dollars. Included within the collection is a complete, certified mint state date/major type set -- the first time in history such a set has been completed with certified mint state specimens. Fully one half of the specimens are "Pop Tops" --the finest-graded of their respective varieties. Specimens such as the 1796 in MS62, the 1798 Small Eagle in MS62, and 1801 in MS64 are not only the finest of their individual varieties, but they also represent the single finest that PCGS has graded for their respective DATES. Pedigreed specimens abound, and feature choice early dollars from the Baldenhofer, Bareford, Bass, F.C.C. Boyd, Amon Carter, Eliasberg, Flannagan, French, Garrett, Miles, Pittman, Stack and Stickney cabinets. The key date 1794 dollar is pedigreed to the F.C.C. Boyd collection. It represented a duplicate in his collection and was sold privately prior to the famous 1945 auction. This specimen is currently encapsulated by another grading service. The registry set is supplemented by other distinctive varieties not yet listed in the RedBook. These coins are referenced in the comments and photos accompanying the individual coins. In addition, the collection features the predecessors to the early dollars, including a Mexican "Pillar" Dollar graded MS63, a Colonial "Continental" Dollar graded MS64, as well as a silver Libertas Americana medal graded MS65 which served as the pattern for the early flowing hair designs. This collection was sold in 2005.

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Cardinal Collection
PCGS No.ItemDenomGradePopPop HigherOwner's Comments
68511794$1MS6304Estimated grade. Displaying clean, frosty surfaces, intense cartwheel luster, and a superbly bold strike, the Cardinal specimen is widely acknowledged as the fourth finest known specimen of the famed 1794 Dollar, exceeded only by the trio of superb gem "66s". It's provenance traces to FCC Boyd, the builder of the "World's Greatest Collection," and earlier from the Virgil Brand Collection. Image.
68521795 3 Leaves$1MS6472 "3 Leaves" dollars are represented by a cameo prooflike MS64 specimen of the BB-18 "Head of 1794" variety from the Mougey, Clapp and Eliasberg collections, as well as a sharply struck MS62 specimen of the BB-27 "Head of 1795" variety. Image.
68531795 2 Leaves$1MS6442Estimated grade. Among the very finest of all known 2 Leaves dollars, the pictured specimen resided in a private bank vault for 33 years before it was auctioned as part of the Jascha Heifetz Collection. It displays smooth, mark-free surfaces sparkling in full cartwheels beneath light original toning. In addition to this amazing specimen of the BB-20 variety, the Collection also features an MS62 specimen of the BB-21 "Head of 1795" variety from the Earle, Clapp, Eliasberg and Flannagan collections, as well as an AU58 specimen of the BB-13 "Head of 1794" from the famous Stickney Collection, and an AU-58 BB-14 "Hidden Star" variety from the Shore Collection. Image.
68541795 Silver Plug$1AU5803"Silver Plug" dollars are represented by an AU58 specimen of the BB-18 "3 Leaves" variety, as well as an AU55 specimen of the BB-11 "2 Leaves" variety tracing to the famed Garrett Collection. Image.
68581795 Draped Bust$1MS6542A fantastic fully struck specimen from the Flannagan collection -- tied for the finest 1795 dollar ever graded by PCGS. Image.
968581795 Off-Center Dr Bust$1MS6413A wonderfully struck, prooflike example from the James Stack type set. Image.
68591796 Small Date, Sm Letters$1AU5594Second finest known of the BB-63 variety, this specimen is pedigreed to the Newcomer, Newcomb, Col. Green, Clarke, Bareford, and Whitney collections. Image.
68601796 Small Date, Lg Letters$1AU5813 Outstanding condition census specimen of the BB-61 variety. Image.
68611796 Large Date, Sm Letters$1MS6211Simply the single finest 1796 dollar certified by PCGS. Image.
68631797 9X7 Stars, Lg Letters$1MS6200Estimated grade. Featuring a truly amazing strike, the Cardinal specimen not only is the single finest specimen known of the variety, but it has everything anyone could want in any 1797 dollar. All of Liberty's hair strands show completely, every star is sharp, and more importantly, every breast feather stands out boldly on the eagle. The surfaces are lightly toned in golden apricot hues and blaze with amazing cartwheel luster, unlike any other dollar of this date. This extraordinary example is pedigreed to the Roger Miles collection. Image.
68661797 9X7 Stars, Sm Letters$1AU5810The single finest 1797 small letters dollar ever certified by any service. This specimen is pedigreed to the Miles collection. Image.
68651797 10X6 Stars$1MS6223 Intensely lustrous, this specimen is pedigreed to the Miles collection. Image.
68671798 Small Eagle, 13 Stars$1AU5822A wonderfully lustrous borderline UNC, with gorgeous original album toning. This specimen is pedigreed to the Baldenhofer collection. Image.
68681798 Small Eagle, 15 Stars$1MS6211 The ONLY mint state 1798 small eagle dollar certified by PCGS. This specimen is pedigreed to the Eliasberg and Flannagan collections. Image.
68731798 Large Eagle$1MS63011Estimated grade. 1798 "Large Eagle" (close date) dollars in the Collection include the pictured coin -- the finest known specimen of the BB-124 variety with the "blundered stars" reverse -- along with the finest known (MS61) specimen of the rare BB-114 variety from the Pittman collection, featuring the close date obverse with the "line star" pattern reverse, and an AU58 specimen of the BB-121 variety with the "arc star" pattern reverse. Image.
68741798 5 Stripes$1MS6110"5 Stripes" dollars are represented by an MS61 specimen of the BB-96 variety with the "Knob 9" date, as well as an AU53 specimen of the rare BB-101 variety with the "Pointed 9" date. Image.
68751798 Knob 9$1MS6310Simply the finest "Knob 9" dollar certified. Image.
68761798 10 Arrows$1MS6310"10 Arrows" dollars are represented by a magnificent MS63 specimen of the BB-108 variety featuring the "arc star" pattern on the reverse, as well as an AU53 specimen of the BB-101 variety featuring the "line star" pattern on the reverse. Image.
68771798 Wide Date$1MS6231Superbly frosty, this specimen of the scarce BB-112 variety is tied for the finest known of the variety. Image.
68781799$1MS6523 An amazing specimen from an old time collection, this coin ranks not only as the single finest BB-164, but is also one of the very finest of all Draped Bust dollars. Undoubtedly an early strike from the dies, it displays a smooth, rather prooflike obverse. In contrast, the reverse exhibits exceptionally frosty luster, creating booming cartwheels. Image.
68831799/8 15 Reverse Stars$1MS6244Condition census specimen of the BB-141 variety. Image.
68841799/8 13 Reverse Stars$1MS6312This awesome, lustrous specimen from the French Family collection ranks as the second finest known of the BB-142 variety with the "Crumbled I" reverse. Image.
68791799 Irregular Date-15 St$1AU5520Condition census specimen of the BB-153 variety. Image.
68801799 Irregular Date-13 St$1MS6400"13 Star Reverse" dollars are represented by an incredible, finest-known MS64 specimen from the Hain Family collection of the BB-152 variety with the "Reverse of 1798," and the finest-known AU58 specimen of the very rare BB-151 variety with the "Reverse of 1799." Image.
68811799 Obverse Stars 8X5$1MS6420The single finest known of the 8x5 stars type, this specimen traces its provenance to the collections of Virgil Brand, B.G. Johnson, T. James Clarke, and Harold S. Bareford. In its earlier appearances, Stack's described this coin as a "cameo-like Gem; wholly prooflike," and John J. Ford described it as having "magnificent, mirror surfaces in blue, rose and steel." Image.
68871800$1MS6384Normal (close) date dollars are represented by the finest known Bareford collection MS63 specimen of the BB-187 variety featuring the "Close date, Low 8" date, and the finest known MS63 specimen of the BB-184 variety featuring the normal close date. Image.
68881800 Wide Date, Low 8$1MS6401The finest known 1800 Wide Date dollar, pedigreed to the Amon Carter, Flannagan, and Swan collections. Image.
68891800 Dotted Date$1MS6410 A beautifully lustrous, originally toned dotted date from the Faraday collection, thought by experts to even be superior to the Eliasberg (NGC-MS66) specimen. Image.
68901800 12 Arrows$1MS6100High condition census for the variety, this specimen comes from an old time collection and displays beautiful toning atop a very strong strike. Image.
68911800 10 Arrows$1AU5510Condition census specimen of the BB-195 variety. Image.
68921800 AMERICAI$1AU5842The single finest specimen graded by PCGS (AU58) of the BB-192 variety. Image.
868881800 Wide Dt,Low 8,AMERICAI$1AU5800The single finest specimen graded by PCGS (AU58) of the BB-191 variety. Image.
68931801$1MS64121801 dollars are represented by an awesome finest known MS64 example of the BB-214 "close date" variety pedigreed to the Wilson, Clapp, Eliasberg and Flannagan collections, as well as a the finest known MS-62 specimen of the BB-211 "wide date" variety. Image.
400871802 Narrow Date$1MS6530An amazing, frosty, iridescent gem from the Starr and Flannagan collections, tied for the finest 1802 dollar known. Image.
68961802 Wide Date$1AU5810High condition census for the variety, this is a TRUE specimen of the rare BB-242 variety -- the only true "wide date" variety of 1802 -- not one of the many narrow date dollars masquerading in wide date labels. Image.
68981802/1 Narrow Date$1AU5800A wonderful near mint state, condition census specimen of the BB-232 variety. Image.
68991802/1 Wide Date$1MS6300A magnificent, originally toned prooflike specimen of the BB-234 variety. Conservatively graded by PCGS, experts feel it compares favorably to the Ebsen/Hain Family specimen which PCGS has graded MS64. Image.
69001803 Small 3$1MS6322This awesome second finest known specimen of the BB-254 variety traces its provenance to the Freisner, Clapp, Eliasberg and Flannagan collections. Image.
69011803 Large 3$1MS6340An amazing, finest known Large 3 dollar, with a superb presentation specimen-like striking quality. Image.
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