Estimated grade. Ex. Mickley; Appleton; Woodward; Newlin (1884) Sold by Bowers & Ruddy Mar '80 Price realized $26000
David Akers (1975/88): Almost identical in mintage and overall rarity to the 1796 With Stars, but as auction data indicates, the 1797 is much more difficult to obtain in full mint state. There are 13 stars on the obverse arranged 7 to the left of the head and 6 to the right. The reverse has 16 stars above the eagle, but the configuration is slightly different than on either of the 1796 coins. All known specimens exhibit a prominent die break that runs from the Y of LIBERTY down to the 12th and 13th stars. I have not seen the piece personally, but the specimen in the J.F. Bell Sale of 1963 appears to be the finest known.
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