1799/8 Draped Bust Dollar. 15 stars on reverse. BB-141. MS-62. Light golden toning. A frosty, tarnish-free early bust dollar with eruptions of luster in the fields, throughout the obverse and reverse peripheries, and within the major devices. It is seen that Liberty as well as the eagle were struck smack on the dot with the requisite force by the dies. This produced all design components in clear-cut detail, with not even an speck of the weakness found on other examples posturing in the same numerical grade. Pop 4; 3 finer, 1 in 63, 2 in 64.
In 1799, some 11 obverses and 17 reverses were combined to produce 23 varieties. The earliest obverse, evidently a 1798 die left over without final digit and only completed at hardening, is the famous Irregular Date; the irregular date comes with three reverses, one of which is the famous 15 Stars blunder: the regular "arc pattern" began with seven stars in top row, six in second, plus the two at beak and behind head. On discovery of the blunder, die-maker Robert Scot greatly enlarged two end clouds to conceal the two extra stars, but some points remain clear.
This reverse also comes with what many believe to be the second die of the year, the famous 1799/8: an obverse originally made up for the 1798 Wide Date group but mislaid or for some other reason unused. This overdate die also comes with two other reverses that do not have 15 stars.
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