10x6 Large letters. B-3, BB-71, R.2. Bowers-Borckardt Die State III. (Formally encapsolated in a NCS holder, VG details repaired, inproperly cleaned). Coin is thickly hairlined with steel-gray fields and pearl-gray devices. Appears to be carefully smoothed to remove marks. The reverse peripheral legend is faint, the types are well outlined and the portrait has some remaining hair detail.
Ron Guth: The obverse of all 1797 Silver Dollars contains 16 stars, representing the thirteen original colonies (now states), plus the new states that were added after the country was formed. The stars appear in either of two formats: 10 on the left side and 6 on the right, or 9 on the left and 7 on the right. Only one die variety (B-3, BB-71) comprises the entirety of the 10x6 format, and the 10x6 version is approximately twice as rare as the 9x7.
Morgenthau-Macallister - Wayte Raymond - Elliott Smith - T. James Clarke - New Netherlands 11/1956:620 - Farish Baldenhofer - Milferd H. Bolender, 1959 (privately) - Alfred and Jackie Ostheimer Collection - Lester Merkin 9/1968:243 - unknown intermediaries - Jack Lee - Heritage 11/2005:2190, $149,500 - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2011:7394, $258,750
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