R.Hesselgesser - The Number One Finest Set of All Time

Current Statistics
Rank 1
Weighted GPA 50.908
Complete 83.06%
Set Rating 39.320
Retired Statistics (6/20/2012)
Rank
Weighted GPA 50.908
Complete 83.74%
Set Rating 39.551
R.Hesselgesser's Sets

About this set: The Hesselgesser Bust Dollar Collection is historically significant in that the quality of these first silver dollars struck by the U.S. Mint is amazing. The current collection contains 113 of the known 123 varieties, many of which are the finest known. This is notable because the Bowers-Borchardt variety series for early U.S. dollars is difficult to obtain in grades of Extremely Fine or higher. The complete set of 123 coins contains 9 R8's and at least 7 R7's coins not to mention numerous R6's, a truly lifetime challenge! The Hesselgesser Collection has 79 coins in About Uncirculated grade (26 AU58, 28 AU55, 17 AU53, &8 AU50 coins) and 17 MS coins(5 MS61, 8 MS62, 2 MS63, &2 MS64) for a total of 96 out of 113 varieties in AU or higher grades. An amazing 100 coins qualify as condition census according to the Bowers-Borckardt Encyclopedia of Silver Dollar book or more recent references. The originality of these coins is remarkable in toning, luster and overall eye appeal while adjustment marks are kept to a minimal. The remaining varieties left to be found include 7 R8's and 2 high R7's. Two coins I have most recently added are the B-13, BB-24 (the finest known in PCGSMS62) and a VF-EF N94 B-3, BB-183. The easy one left to find is a B-7, BB-18 no plug, an R4 coin difficult to find problem free. The remaining 10 include 7 R-8's (five of which have only one known coin) and 2 R-7's. I will have my work cut out for me. Only Warren Miller owns all five of these, one known, varieties in his amazing completed set (using the 118 coin set - No Plugs) of Early Dollars. I hope all of you enjoy this unique set as much I have in enjoyed finding them!

R.Hesselgesser
ImagePCGS No.ItemDenomGradePopPop HigherOwner's Comments
399721794 B1, BB-1$1 
399781795 B-3, BB-11 2 Leaves$1XF4011B-3,BB-11, 2 Leaves. Head of 1794. PCGS EF40 (CAC). Rare date-R5! To me thi...
399901795 B-3, BB-11 2 Leaves Silver Plug$1AU5510B-3,BB-11 Silver Plug, 2 Leaves. Rare in plug, R6-7? R5, unplugged. PCGS AU...
399791795 B-11, BB-12 2 Leaves$1XF4010B-11, BB-12 2 Leaves. This is a Rare R7. PCGS EF40 (CAC). The story about t...
399801795 B-9, BB-13 2 Leaves$1AU5510B-9,BB-13 2 Leaves. Cert.#16294761 is an AU55 (CAC)PCGS #39980 (No Silver P...
399911795 B-9, BB-13 2 Leaves Silver Plug$1 
399811795 B-4, BB-14 2 Leaves$1 
399921795 B-4, BB-14 2 Leaves Silver Plug$1VF2012
399821795 B-8, BB-15 2 Leaves$1 
399831795 B-20, BB-16 2 Leaves$1VF3510B-20, BB-16 2 Leaves. This R8 is the finest known BB-16 and the only one gr...
399841795 B-18, BB-17 2 Leaves$1 
399731795 B-7, BB-18 3 Leaves$1AU5810
399931795 B-7, BB-18 3 Leaves Silver Plug$1 
399741795 B-19, BB-19 3 Leaves$1 
399851795 B-2, BB-20 2 Leaves$1AU5310B-2,BB-20 2 Leaves. Nicely toned, high grade specimen. R3. Est.Pop.300-500 ...
399861795 B-1, BB-21 2 Leaves$1AU5832B-1 BB-21 2 Leaves. PCGS AU58 (CAC). R2. Est.Pop. 1000-2000 coins. Rare by ...
399941795 B-1, BB-21 2 Leaves Silver Plug$1AU5310B-1,BB-21 2 Leaves Silver Plug. PCGSAU53 (CAC). Great luster and original t...
399871795 B-10, BB-22 2 Leaves$1AU5820B-10,BB-22 2 Leaves. Finest known BB-22. Was NGCMS61. Crossed to PCGS AU58 ...
399881795 B-16, BB-23 2 Leaves$1 
399891795 B-13, BB-24 2 Leaves$1MS6210B-13 BB-24 2 Leaves. This rare BB-24, MS-62 is the finest known, Ex.Baldenh...
399751795 B-6, BB-25 3 Leaves$1 
1483001795 B-6, BB-25 Missing Leaf$1 
399761795 B-12, BB-26 3 Leaves$1XF4011B-12,BB-26 3 Leaves. Hard to find in EF or higher grade. Note the so called...
399771795 B-5, BB-27 3 Leaves$1AU5823B-5,BB-27 3 Leaves. Ex. Garrett coin (Lot 679-Sale2). Spectacular Luster wi...
1478121795 B-21, BB-28 2 Leaves$1 
1478111795 B-22, BB-29 3 Leaves$1 
399961795 B-14, BB-51 O/C Draped Bust$1AU5820B-14,BB-51 O/C Dr.Bust. CC coin. Great luster! R1. Est.1400-2200 coins in e...
399951795 B-15, B-52 Draped Bust$1MS6110B-15,BB-52 Dr.Center Bust. CC coin! Could be MS63! Great toning, strike and...
400001796 B-4, BB-61 Small Date Large Letters$1AU5520B-4,BB-61,SmDtLgLt. CC coin! Nice luster. R2.Est.Pop.800-1500 coins.
399971796 B-3, BB-62 Small Date Small Letters$1F1511B-3,BB-62 SmDtSmLt. CC coin! Only TWO specimens recorded and this was the g...
399981796 B-2, BB-63 Small Date Small Letters$1VF3512B-2,BB-63. Great natural toning.PCGS VF35 (CAC) Weak strike usual. I think ...
400011796 B-6, BB-64 Small Date Large Letters$1 
400021796 B-5, BB-65 Large Date Small Letters$1AU5531B-5,BB-65 LgDtSmLt. Nice Rose Toning. PCGS AU55+ (CAC). R2/3. Est.Pop.500-1...
399991796 B-1, BB-66 Small Date Small Letters$1AU5810B-1,BB-66 SmDtSmLt. This is one of the finest known B-1,BB-66 Small Date,Sm...
400041797 B-3, BB-71 10X6 Stars$1AU5831
400051797 B-2, BB-72 9x7 Small Letters$1AU5310B-2,BB-72.9x7 Stars with small lettered reverse. This is the rarest variety...
400031797 B-1, BB-73 9X7 Large Letters$1AU5553B-1,BB-73 Stars9x7, LgLt. R2/3. Great strike and luster. Minor adjustment m...
400071798 B-2, BB-81 Small Eagle 15 Stars$1AU55+13B-2,BB-81 SE-15 Stars. CC coin! Nice luster. R3. Est.Pop.400-700 coins
400061798 B-1, BB-82 Small Eagle 13 Stars$1XF4535B-1,BB-82 Small Eagle-13 Stars. Great color and pizazz. Usual softness of s...
400091798 B-32, BB-91 5 Lines$1MS6110This is the only Mint State (PCGS MS 61) B-32,BB-91 known to exist and was ...
400101798 B-4, BB-92 5 Lines$1XF4511B-4,BB-92, 5 Lines in Shield. PCGS XF45 (CAC). CC coin! R4. Est.Pop.150-250...
400131798 B-5, BB-93 Knob 9$1XF4511B-5,BB-93. Note characteristic horizontal die crack on reverse. Great strik...
400141798 B-3, BB-94 Knob 9$1AU5021B-3,BB-94. Great color and high in CC statis. Characteristic weakly struck ...
400151798 B-7, BB-95 Knob 9$1XF4011B-7 BB-95. I feel this coin is at least an EF45 and is a CC coin even at an...
400111798 B-6, BB-96 5 Lines$1AU5024B-6 BB-96, 5 Lines in shield. CC coin! Wonderful Luster and great natural t...
400171798 B-17, BB-101 5 Lines$1AU5320B-17 BB-101 5 Lines in shield. Strong AU53 (must respect this variety). R5....
400191798 B-20, BB-102 Wide Date$1AU5810B-20 BB-102. Rare Variety and is the finest known. Note early die state III...
400201798 B-18, BB-103 Wide Date$1 
400211798 B-22, BB-104 Wide Date$1MS6110B-22 BB-104 Wide Date. 1798 Possibly the finest 1 or 2 specimen known. Grea...
400221798 B-23, BB-105 Wide Date$1AU5810B-23,BB-105 Wide Date. PCGS AU58 (CAC). Note stars on obverse are sharp and...
400231798 B-19, BB-106 Wide Date$1AU5320B-19 BB-106 Great Luster and Toning. probably in top 3 forCC. R4/5. Est.Pop...
400241798 B-21, BB-107 10 Arrows$1AU5810B-21 BB-107, 10 Arrows. Possibly the finest known. Although graded AU58, th...
400251798 B-13, BB-108 10 Arrows$1AU5521B-13,BB-108 10 Arrow Reverse. Nice original toning and luster. R3 Est.Pop.4...
400261798 B-20, BB-109 Wide Date$1XF4512B-10 BB-109. Arc star pattern on reverse. PCGS EF45 (CAC). This coin has an...
400271798 B-16, BB-110 Wide Date$1AU5012B-16 BB-110. High R6. This obverse die cracked early and therefore a limite...
400281798 B-11, BB-111 Close Date$1XF4531B-11 BB-111. Very Rare early Die State I. One of the best strikes consideri...
400291798 B-15, BB-112 Wide Date$1AU5811B-15,BB-112, Pointed Tail 9. PCGS AU58 (CAC)! Typical weak strike centrally...
400301798 B-27, BB-113 Close Date$1AU5511B-27,BB-113. Great strike and luster for this variety. R2. Est.Pop.500-750 ...
400311798 B-26, BB-114 Close Date$1AU5511B-26,BB-114. Another lustrous coin with great eye appeal. #2 coin in Cond. ...
400321798 B-31, BB-115 Close Date$1AU5322B-31,BB-115. Nice toning and exceptional strike and condition for this vari...
400331798 B-30, BB-116 Close Date$1AU5021B-30,BB-116. Pointed nine, 4 vertical lines. Rare variety. Super tough in h...
400341798 B-33, BB-117 Close Date$1 
400351798 B-28, BB-118 Close Date$1AU5011B-28,BB-118 Wow! High CC coin with wonderful toning and eye appeal. This is...
400361798 B-29, BB-119 Close Date$1XF4021B-29,BB-119. PCGS EF 40. Go back to BB-118 (#16207467) to truly appreciate ...
400371798 B-12, BB-120 Close Date$1XF4514B12, BB-120. Pointed 9, 4 vertical lines. Rare Terminal die state. Graded a...
400381798 B-9, BB-121 Close Date$1AU5521B-9,BB-121. Maybe the finest known of this R5. PCGS AU55 (CAC). Ex Cardinal...
400391798 B-14, BB-122 Wide Date$1AU5520B-14,BB-122. This coin is the earliest die state known to exist. NGC graded...
400401798 B-25, BB-123 Close Date$1AU5510B-25,BB-123. Nice example of "Blundered Star Reverse." Very rare Die State ...
400411798 B-24, BB-124 Wide Date$1AU5520B-24,BB-124. Nice luster. Weak in center and left stars is common. R2. Est....
400421798 B-8, BB-125 4 Berries$1AU5520B-8,BB-125. Nice luster. Weak in left stars is common. Nice luster. High gr...
400641799/8 B-3, BB-141 15 Stars$1MS6221B-3,BB-141, 15 Starred Reverse 1799/8. Nice PCGSMS62 (CAC) with beautiful c...
400651799/8 B-1, BB-142 13 Stars$1MS62+10B-1,BB-142, 13 Starred Reverse 1799/8. This exceptional ex. Col. Green Spec...
400661799/8 B-2, BB-143 13 Stars$1AU5530B-2,BB-143, 13 Starred Reverse 1799/8. PCGS AU 55 (CAC). Wonderful strike,...
400441799 B-13, BB-151 Irregular Date$1XF4012B-13,BB-151, Irregular Date. R5 and the rarest variety of this date (1799)....
400451799 B-15, BB-152 Irregular Date$1 
400621799 B-4, BB-153 15 Stars Irregular Date$1AU5312B-4,BB-153, 15 Star Reverse, Irregular Date. PCGS AU53. Great luster and to...
400461799 B-18, BB-154$1AU5531BB-18,BB-154. Was NGC58 but downgraded by PCGS to AU 55 (CAC). I love the c...
400471799 B-19, BB-155$1AU5322B-19,BB-155. Nice strike and wonderful toning. PCGS AU 53 (CAC). CC coin. M...
400481799 B-7, BB-156$1AU5311B-7,BB-156. Hard to find in high grade with a decent strike! This is the be...
400491799 B-5, BB-157$1MS6210
400501799 B-16, BB-158$1AU5831B-16,BB-158, Close 17 Obverse. Obverse used only on this variety. This magn...
400631799 B-23, BB-159 8X5 Stars$1 
400511799 B-12, BB-160$1AU5512B-12,BB-160. Weak strike with colorful toning and multiple die breaks on ob...
400521799 B-11, BB-161$1 
400531799 B-6, BB-162$1MS6211B-6,BB-162. An exceptional coin with great toning and luster. The finest kn...
400541799 B-10, BB-163$1AU58+11B-10,BB-163. AU58. Exceptional eye appeal with fabulous natural toning and ...
400551799 B-17, BB-164$1MS6210B-17, BB-164 1799 WOW! Try to find a nicer MS Early Dollar. Golden rich ton...
400561799 B-8, BB-165$1MS62+20B-8,BB-165. Great color with PL surfaces and wonderful luster. Normal desig...
400571799 B-9, BB-166$1AU5830B-9,BB-166. Great toning and strike with pizazz. Normal design. Apostrophe ...
400581799 B14, BB-167$1AU5820B-14,BB-167. Pleasing toned in golden hues. Nicely struck PCGSAU58. R3. Est...
400591799 B-22 BB-168$1AU5010B-22,BB-168. This coin is noted for a reverse horizontal die break causing ...
400601799 B-21, BB-169$1AU5820B-21,BB-169. Normal Design. Most in lower grades through EF. AU or finer is...
400671800 B-1, BB-181$1AU5510B-1,BB-181. 180 close in date. A scarce date and very rare in EF and above....
400681800 B-2 BB-182$1VF3511B-2,BB-182. The third rarest 1800 dollar. PCGSVF35 (CAC). Medium wide date....
400691800 B-3, BB-183$1N103
400701800 B-12, BB-184$1AU5023B-12,BB-184, close date, reverse of 1799. The typical grade is up to a VF. ...
400711800 B-20 BB-185$1XF4511B-20,BB-185. R7! Believed to be the RAREST of the 1800 varieties. This is t...
400721800B-4, BB-186$1AU5511B-4,BB-186. Nice pleasing coin. Good luster. Hard to find in high grade. Us...
400731800 B-16, BB-187$1 
400741800 B-8, BB-188$1AU5321B-8,BB-188. A downgraded NGC AU55. In this case strike and luster still mak...
400751800 B-5 BB-189$1XF4532B-5,BB-189. Normal design. Rare in XF. Almost impossible in AU and above. t...
400761800 B-10, BB-190 Wide Date$1AU5830B-10, BB-190, WIde Date and 8 too low. PCGSAU58 (CAC). Absolutely spectacul...
400811800 B-11, BB-191 Americai$1AU5022B-11,BB-191, Americai, Wide Date, Low 8. Great coin for this mod. rare vari...
400821800 B-19, BB-192 Americai$1MS6110This B-19,BB-192 is one of the finest known Americai bust dollars. It came ...
400771800 B-13, BB-193$1AU5800
400781800 B-14, BB-194 Dotted Date$1AU5510B-14,B-194, Dotted Date. Popular dotted date. Common R2/3. Est.Pop.500-800 ...
400801800 B-15, BB-195 10 Arrows$1 
400791800 B-17, BB-196 12 Arrows$1MS6210B-17,BB-196 12 Arrows. Ex Cardinal Coin. Great color, luster and strike. Fa...
400831801 B-1, BB-211$1AU5810B-1,BB-211. Gun metal blue toning with a great strike. High in CC. PCGSAU58...
400841801 B-2, BB-212$1MS6320B-2,BB-212 Nice toning and great luster. This magnificent PCGSMS63 coin is ...
400851801 B-3, BB-213$1MS6210B-3,BB-213. THE REVERSE IS EASY TO PICK OUT-RT.FOOT OF T IS MISSING. PCGSMS...
400861801 B-4, BB-214$1AU5510B-4,BB-214. The rarest of the 1801 varieties. Typical weak strike. Even gol...
400911802/1 B1, BB-231 Close Date$1AU5810B1,BB-231, Close Date, overdate 1802/1. The top of the CC, perhaps #1. Beau...
400921802/1 B-4, BB-232 Close Date$1AU5523B-4,BB-232, Cose Date, overdate. Great strike, luster and toning. Again thi...
400931802/1 B-2, BB-233 Wide Date$1AU5011B-2 BB-233 Wide Date, 1802/1. Attractive steel toned AU50+++. Should be AU5...
400941802/1 B-3, BB-234 Wide Date$1MS6111B-3 BB-234 Wide Date, 1802/1. R3. Most common of the overdates but still ra...
400951802/1 B-9 BB-235 Wide Date$1AU5311B-9 BB-235, 1802/1. The rarest !802/1 variety. R5. Rare in high grade. In f...
400881802 B-6, BB-241 Close Date$1AU5324B-6,BB-241. This common variety is often found in high grades of AU or bett...
400891802 B-5, BB-242 Wide Date$1AU5810NOW IS #16286508. B-5,BB-242,wide normal date. Ex. Cardinal coin. The higes...
400961803 B-1, BB-251 Small 3$1AU5021B-1 BB-251 Small 3, !803. R4. Nice toning and luster. AU very rare and MS p...
400971803 B-5, BB-252 Small 3$1AU5321B-5,BB-252, Small 3, close date, 1803. Beautiful Blue irridescent toning an...
400991803 B-4, BB-254 Small 3$1 
401011803 B-6, BB-255 Large 3$1AU5533B-6,BB-255, Large 3. Spectacular toning with PL look. R1/2, Est.Pop.1000-16...
401001803 B-3, BB-256 Small 3$1AU5311B-3 BB-256 Small 3, 1803. Extremely rare in AU condition. This coin is fine...