B-3,BB-62 SmDtSmLt. CC coin! Only TWO specimens recorded and this was the graded VF25 NGC coin, the second finest Known! Nicely toned. Many dollar experts thought this variety didn't exist as was the position of Jules Reiver in his book, "The United States EARLY SILVER DOLLARS 1794 to 1803" published in 1999! Page 29, "Now I am going to stick my neck out. I am saying that it does not exist." Jules Reiver had been looking for this coin, known to be a mule of the Obverse BB-61(B-4) with the Reverse of BB-63(B-2) or BB-66(B-1), for 30 years! Although reported by Bolender, no photo had ever been recorded and even in Bolender's Fourth edition it was stated that, "Most experts now question whether this variety actually exist." Note Obverse Die Dote above 1 in date (BB61) and on Reverse - berry under A in STATES (BB63 or BB-66)! This should be a VF25-30. R8!
Only two examples have been verified of the 1796 BB-62 Silver Dollar, despite several citations in the auction record (these have either been discredited or confimred to be a misattribution). The first example (and the best of the two at PCGS XF45+) is the Straus-Spies-Warren Miller example. The second example turned up in the Cornelius Vermeule III collection in 2001 and has since been certified by PCGS as a F15 -- it sold in a 2011 auction for $60,375. Based on that record, the better of the two coins could be worth six figures if it crosses the auction block in the near future.
Cornelius Vermeule III Collection - Stack’s 9/2011:421 - Dr. Hesselgesser Collection - Goldbergs 9/5/2011:5024, $60,375