Estimated 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.
Ron Guth: 1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollars are known in two different major varieties: 2 Leaves and 3 Leaves. To determine the variety, simply at the leaf clusters beneath the eagle's wings -- the clusters will contain either two or three leaves.
In terms of relative rarity, the 2 Leaves variety is approximately three times as rare as the 3 Leaves variety (according to the PCGS Population Report as of September 2011). Mint State examples of both major varieties are rare and valuable, but PCGS has graded only a dozen examples of the 2 Leaves. The finest 1795 2 Leaves Silver Dollars certified by PCGS are a pair of MS-65s.
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