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Hesselgesser Collection - The Number One Finest Set of All Time

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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 107 of the known 118 varieties, many of which are the finest known. This is notable because the variety series for early U.S. dollars is difficult to obtain in grades of Extremely Fine or higher. The Hesselgesser Collection has 82 coins in About Uncirculated grade and 12 MS coins for a total of 94 out of 107 varieties in AU or higher grades. An amazing 100 coins qualify as condition census according to the Bowers-Borckardt 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 minimal.

Hesselgesser Collection

Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
1794 B1, BB-1 39972 1794 $1
1795 B-3, BB-11 2 Leaves 39990 1795 $1 AU55 1 11
B-3,BB-11 Silver Plug, 2 Leaves. Rare in plug, R6-7? R5, unplugged. PCGS AU55(CAC). This is ex. Garrett and Cardinal and is the finest BB-11 specimen Plugged or unplugged! This coin is uncirculated and at least MS63 or higher. Original beautiful toning with obvious plug! Est.Pop 50-75 for all grades. Head of '94. Beware of typical flat type stars seen in all BB-11, BB-12 and BB13. Grading services rarely take this into consideration when grading these varieties! This specmen actually shows 6 stars which are not flat, the only coin I have seen to show stars of this quality in the BB11-BB-13 series!
1795 B-11, BB-12 2 Leaves 39979 1795 $1 XF40 1 0 10
B-11, BB-12 2 Leaves. This is a Rare R7. PCGS EF40 (CAC). The story about this coin is an amazing set of coincidences. I found this coin in a foreign auction by taking the catalogue after Ira Goldberg had thrown it away. I took the catalogue home and when I discovered this coin in the back of the auction catalogue, I couldn't beleive my eyes. Here was the famous rare BB-12 which coincidentally I was being offered a PCGSVF35 BB-12 for $50,000 by Harry Laibstein to review at Long Beach the same day this coin was to be auctioned off in England. I woke up at 4AM and managed with the help of one of Ira's contacts to purchase it for ~5000 Lbs, a real steal!! My coin is from an Old Irish Collection. This coin is most likely the #1 Cond.Censis for this Rare variety and is not weak on the right obverse seen on most other specimens. Should grade AU50. Est. Pop.7-12!
1795 B-9, BB-13 2 Leaves 39980 1795 $1 AU55 1 0 10
B-9,BB-13 2 Leaves. Cert.#16294761 is an AU55 (CAC)PCGS #39980 (No Silver Plug). Cert.#16294760 is an AU 53 PCGS#39991 B-9,BB-13 with Silver Plug. Both in CC(Cond. censis) statis. Both beautifully toned. Note the nonplugged coin shows an obverse die clash and on close examination has an obvious plug seen on the obverse. R3 unplugged. SHOULD GRADE AU58-MS60. ?R6-7 in plugged sub-variety. Est.Pop.300-400 coins. Head of '94.
1795 B-4, BB-14 2 Leaves 39992 1795 $1 VF20 1 2 110
1795 B-8, BB-15 2 Leaves 39982 1795 $1
1795 B-20, BB-16 2 Leaves 39983 1795 $1 VF35 1 0 10
B-20, BB-16 2 Leaves. This R8 is the finest known BB-16 and the only one gradeable. The other two are damaged. The obverse is seen on the BB-18 and BB-17 and the reverse die is used on the BB-15. #1 CC of only 3 known specimens.
1795 B-18, BB-17 2 Leaves 39984 1795 $1
1795 B-7, BB-18 3 Leaves 39973 1795 $1 AU58 1
1795 B-19, BB-19 3 Leaves 39974 1795 $1
1795 B-2, BB-20 2 Leaves 39985 1795 $1 AU53 1 0 10
B-2,BB-20 2 Leaves. Nicely toned, high grade specimen. R3. Est.Pop.300-500 coins. Head of '95. No plugs known. CC coin.
1795 B-1, BB-21 2 Leaves 39986 1795 $1 AU58 5 3 53
B-1 BB-21 2 Leaves. PCGS AU58 (CAC). R2. Est.Pop. 1000-2000 coins. Rare by most standards but considered the most common 2 leaf variety and the second most common FH dollar after the BB27, a 3 leaf variety. Head of'95. Perhaps a dozen or more Uncs. are known. This coin is MS62 in my opinion. Plug and unplugged varieties exist.
1795 B-10, BB-22 2 Leaves 39987 1795 $1 AU58 2 0 20
B-10,BB-22 2 Leaves. Finest known BB-22. Was NGCMS61. Crossed to PCGS AU58 (CAC). Martin Logies and I agree that this coin has a elliptical plug most clearly seen on the reverse. The curved half circle found between the eagle's head and left wing is the only defect on the reverse, consistent with a plug. Not known to have a plug but this variety was struck just after the BB21, a known plugged variety! How does an MS coin get a curved defect in this protected spot?? This coin is an MS61-62 in my opinion and is the highest graded for this R7 variety. Est.Pop.10-20 coins. Number 1 in CC. Great luster and strike for this golden toned beauty.
1795 B-16, BB23 2 Leaves 39988 1795 $1
1795 B-13, BB-24 2 Leaves 39989 1795 $1 MS62 1 1 11
B-13 BB-24 2 Leaves. This rare BB-24, MS-62 is the finest known, Ex.Baldenhofer- Ostheimer specimen. There is one other high grade specimen but initials were removed. I waited 4 years for this beauty and I consider the price of $77,750 a bargain. The luster is more subdued in this photo than usual true view photos. R6. 30-50 coins est. #1 CC.
1795 B-6, BB-25 3 Leaves 39975 1795 $1
1795 B-6, BB-25 Missing Leaf 148300 1795 $1
1795 B-12, BB-26 3 Leaves 39976 1795 $1 XF40 1 1 11
B-12,BB-26 3 Leaves. Hard to find in EF or higher grade. Note the so called rim nicks seen on both Obv. and Rev.(Reverse more noticable). This is caused by the edge device being off center in the coin with the die crack coming up from the rim through the 7 into the Bust, Known as Bolender die state 12a( Bowers-Die State-II). This coin has exceptional blue iridescent toning and I grade it AU50 and would take it over the Bowers' plate coin graded as PCGS-AU55 which has adjustment marks on the obverse bust and at 2 o'clock. R5. Est Pop. 100-150 coins. High CC coin. Head of 1795. No plugs known.
1795 B-5, BB-27 3 Leaves 39977 1795 $1 AU58 2 3 23
B-5,BB-27 3 Leaves. Ex. Garrett coin (Lot 679-Sale2). Spectacular Luster with beautiful overall golden toning. This coin was sold at the ANA 7/08 Heritage Auction and then purchased by me from Don Willis on the same day. I truly believe this coin is more perfect than most MS63's or 64's. I had two graded 64's (Both BB-27) to compare with this coin. This coin was better. The coin was in a green PCGS55 holder and sold for $77500! Now it is in a PCGS58 holder but still is undergraded. See for yourself! Common variety. R1. Est.Pop. 2000-3000 coins. Note the 1893's' has more coins graded by PCGS (close to 4070 coins) than the BB27 (less than 1300)! For Unc. coins compare 35-MS Morgan 1893'S' to 20-MS 1795 FH for all varieties of 3 leaf! I grade my current coin MS-64-65! No plugs known although one was holdered as a plug. The consensus is that this is a mistake!
1795 B-21, BB-28 2 Leaves 147812 1795 $1
1795 B-22, BB-29 3 Leaves 147811 1795 $1
1795 B-14, BB-51 O/C Draped Bust 39996 1795 $1 AU58 2 1 21
B-14,BB-51 O/C Dr.Bust. CC coin. Great luster! R1. Est.1400-2200 coins in existence.
1795 B-15, BB-52 Draped Bust 39995 1795 $1 MS61 2 2 22
B-15,BB-52 Dr.Center Bust. CC coin! Could be MS63! Great toning, strike and luster. R2. About 2/3 that of B-51 Pop. or 1000-1600 coins in all grades.
1796 B-4, BB-61 Small Date Large Letters 40000 1796 $1 AU55 2 1 21
B-4,BB-61,SmDtLgLt. CC coin! Nice luster. R2.Est.Pop.800-1500 coins.
1796 B-3, BB-62 Small Date Small Letters 39997 1796 $1 F15 1 1 11
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!
1796 B-2, BB-63 Small Date Small Letters 39998 1796 $1 VF35 1 2 12
B-2,BB-63. Great natural toning.PCGS VF35 (CAC) Weak strike usual. I think this is better than VF35. Martin Logis and I give it an AU50+. R4. Should be in CC. Est.Pop.175-300 coins.
1796 B-6, BB-64 Small Date Large Letters 40001 1796 $1
1796 B-5, BB-65 Large Date Small Letters 40002 1796 $1 AU55 3 2 32
B-5,BB-65 LgDtSmLt. Nice Rose Toning. PCGS AU55+ (CAC). R2/3. Est.Pop.500-1000 coins.
1796 B-1, BB-66 Small Date Small Letters 39999 1796 $1 AU58 1 0 10
B-1,BB-66 SmDtSmLt. This is one of the finest known B-1,BB-66 Small Date,Small Letter Small Eagle Dollars. Great strike, luster and color. PCGS AU58 (CAC). One or two in the condition censis statis. Highest graded PCGS for this variety. R4. Est.Pop.150-250 coins.
1797 B-3, BB-71 10X6 Stars 40004 1797 $1 AU58 3 2 32
1797 B-2, BB-72 9x7 Small Letters 40005 1797 $1 AU53 1 0 10
B-2,BB-72.9x7 Stars with small lettered reverse. This is the rarest variety of 1797's. Quite rare in AU in fact this must be high in the CC. The coin is always a weak strike especially the reverse. This coin is exceptional for this variety and unlike most has LUSTER and pizazz. I bought this from a Bowers and Merena Auction Aug. 2008! I was fortunate that at the auction no one picked it up and I bought it after the sale. I am pleased with the beautiful golden toning. R4. Est. Pop.150-250 coins. CC#2-3
1797 B-1, BB-73 9X7 Large Letters 40003 1797 $1 AU55 5 4 54
B-1,BB-73 Stars9x7, LgLt. R2/3. Great strike and luster. Minor adjustment mark on neck. Was NGC AU58 and this should carry over. Est.Pop.400-1000 coins.
1798 B-2, BB-81 Small Eagle 15 Stars 40007 1798 $1 AU55+ 1 3 13
B-2,BB-81 SE-15 Stars. CC coin! Nice luster. R3. Est.Pop.400-700 coins
1798 B-1, BB-82 Small Eagle 13 Stars 40006 1798 $1 XF45 3 6 36
B-1,BB-82 Small Eagle-13 Stars. Great color and pizazz. Usual softness of strike. Better grade? I think so. R2/3. Est.Pop.450-900 coins.
1798 B-32, BB-91 5 Lines 40009 1798 $1 MS61 1 0 10
This is the only Mint State (PCGS MS 61) B-32,BB-91 known to exist and was purchased as a raw, albeit uncirculated coin from Stacks in 2006. CC#1, finest known. Found in San Marino Collection as Lot 501! R7! Est.Pop.10-15 coins.
1798 B-4, BB-92 5 Lines 40010 1798 $1 XF45 1 1 11
B-4,BB-92, 5 Lines in Shield. PCGS XF45 (CAC). CC coin! R4. Est.Pop.150-250 coins.
1798 B-5, BB-93 Knob 9 40013 1798 $1 XF45 1 1 11
B-5,BB-93. Note characteristic horizontal die crack on reverse. Great strike and color. My grade for this magnificent coin is AU50-53. This is a CC coin (most likely 3 or 4),ex.San Marino Lot 475. R6 coin. Est.Pop.30-40 coins.
1798 B-3, BB-94 Knob 9 40014 1798 $1 AU50 2 1 21
B-3,BB-94. Great color and high in CC statis. Characteristic weakly struck reverse. R4/5. Est.Pop.70-120 coins. Hard to find EF & above.I grade this AU53-55
1798 B-7, BB-95 Knob 9 40015 1798 $1 XF40 1 1 11
B-7 BB-95. I feel this coin is at least an EF45 and is a CC coin even at an EF40! R5/ Est.Pop.60-85 coins
1798 B-6, BB-96 5 Lines 40011 1798 $1 AU50 2 4 24
B-6 BB-96, 5 Lines in shield. CC coin! Wonderful Luster and great natural toning! PCGSAU50. Despite weak central reverse as is often seen this specimen still approaches AU55. R3. Est.Pop.400-700 coins.
1798 B-17, BB-101 5 Lines 40017 1798 $1 AU53 2 0 20
B-17 BB-101 5 Lines in shield. Strong AU53 (must respect this variety). R5. High CC coin (1 or 2). A true AU is an extreme rarity. Obverse die shattered early - note multiple obverse cracks on this coin. Est.Pop.30-50 coins
1798 B-20, BB-102 Wide Date 40019 1798 $1 AU58 1 0 10
B-20 BB-102. Rare Variety and is the finest known. Note early die state III with beginning Cud at 6 o'clock on reverse below tail. This coin was bought from Harry Laibstein in a PCGS AU55 holder. We both agreed it should upgrade even to an MS62. The price was paid. The toning is totally original and the strike is the best I have seen for this variety(even has feathers on the eagles breast with a complete Motto). Dave Perkins thinks this could be the coin sold in 1945 and not photograghed in the World's Greatest Collection, F.C.C.Boyd. Although listed as an AU50 #1 in Bower's book, no one saw the coin and in the description in 1945 it was described as "barely circulated. Cabinet Friction on high spots." R4/5. R5 by Perkins. Est. Pop.60-100 coins. Top CC coin (#1 by far). Nice golden toning with incredible luster. This was upgraded to an AU58 PCGS on the first submission!
1798 B-18, BB-103 Wide Date 40020 1798 $1
1798 B-22, BB-104 Wide Date 40021 1798 $1 MS61 1 0 10
B-22 BB-104 Wide Date. 1798 Possibly the finest 1 or 2 specimen known. Great luster and nice even golden toning. R4. Est. pop. 100-250 coins.
1798 B-23, BB-105 Wide Date 40022 1798 $1 AU58 1 0 10
B-23,BB-105 Wide Date. PCGS AU58 (CAC). Note stars on obverse are sharp and reverse has some flatness as is customary. R2. Low CC Est.Pop.700-1200 coins.
1798 B-19, BB-106 Wide Date 40023 1798 $1 AU53 2 0 20
B-19 BB-106 Great Luster and Toning. probably in top 3 forCC. R4/5. Est.Pop.70-125 coins.
1798 B-21, BB-107 10 Arrows 40024 1798 $1 AU58 1 0 10
B-21 BB-107, 10 Arrows. Possibly the finest known. Although graded AU58, this coin is UNC - MS63. Beautifully toned with exceptionally clean surfaces. R5. High CC coin. Est.Pop.30-50 coins.
1798 B-13, BB-108 10 Arrows 40025 1798 $1 AU55 2 2 22
B-13,BB-108 10 Arrow Reverse. Nice original toning and luster. R3 Est.Pop.400-600 ooins.
1798 B-20, BB-109 Wide Date 40026 1798 $1 XF45 1 2 12
B-10 BB-109. Arc star pattern on reverse. PCGS EF45 (CAC). This coin has an amazing strike. BB-109 is usually always weak in the center on both obv. and rev. This coin should easily be qualify for mid CC Est.Pop.40-100 coins. R-5.
1798 B-16, BB-110 Wide Date 40027 1798 $1 AU50 1 2 12
B-16 BB-110. High R6. This obverse die cracked early and therefore a limited number of coins survived. Some estimates are 30-50 coins exist. Only one or two coins are known to exist in die state I (no obverse crack seen). This present high grade beauty has the no die crack (die state I) unlike the more common Die State II. Very rare in AU grade and in die state I. CC 2-4.
1798 B-11, BB-111 Close Date 40028 1798 $1 XF45 3 1 31
B-11 BB-111. Very Rare early Die State I. One of the best strikes considering the Obverse die crack which caused the coin to fail. #1 Specimen listed in Bower's Borchardt Book. CC coin R3 Est.Pop.300-400 coins.
1798 B-15, BB-112 Wide Date 40029 1798 $1 AU58 1
B-15,BB-112, Pointed Tail 9. PCGS AU58 (CAC)! Typical weak strike centrally in both Obverse and Reverse. Lapped die state with smaller stars. Mottled golden toning and nice eye appeal for this variety. R3. Est.Pop.250-350 coins. In Top 3 CC.
1798 B-27, BB-113 Close Date 40030 1798 $1 AU55 1 3 13
B-27,BB-113. Great strike and luster for this variety. R2. Est.Pop.500-750 coins. Mid in CC.
1798 B-26, BB-114 Close Date 40031 1798 $1 AU55 1 2 12
B-26,BB-114. Another lustrous coin with great eye appeal. #2 coin in Cond. Censis. High R5. Est.Pop.30-45 coins.
1798 B-31, BB-115 Close Date 40032 1798 $1 AU50 2 5 25
1798 B-30, BB-116 Close Date 40033 1798 $1 AU50 2 1 21
B-30,BB-116. Pointed nine, 4 vertical lines. Rare variety. Super tough in high grade - PCGS AU50 (CAC)! I bought this unsually toned coin in a raw state out of a superior auction in 2005. It seems to have apparently been wrapped in a newspaer and has print letters embossed on the coin from toning. These can be read by placing the coin up to a mirror. It appears to say, "drape", "Spec" and " turban". At the bottom on the neck the letters ST appear. This is one of my favorite coins plus being a rare BB-116 in a condition censis stateI I sent the coin initially to NGC where it received a AU53 BB-117! I was quite happy until I realized they had made a mistake - the coin was not the R8 BB-117 but was a BB-116. When I crossed my entire set to PCGS they DOWNGRADED it to an AU50. Alas no justice. Gorgeous multicolored rainbow toning. R4/5. Est.Pop. 60-100 Coins.
1798 B-33, BB-117 Close Date 40034 1798 $1
1798 B-28, BB-118 Close Date 40035 1798 $1 AU50 1 1 11
B-28,BB-118 Wow! High CC coin with wonderful toning and eye appeal. This is the 6th time this Obverse Die has been used and it has almost reach it's terminal state seen in BB-119. My grade is AU58. R3. Est.Pop.275-400 coins.
1798 B-29, BB-119 Close Date 40036 1798 $1 XF40 2 2 22
B-29,BB-119. PCGS EF 40. Go back to BB-118 (#16207467) to truly appreciate that great coin. Now we have this obverse die used for the 7th and final time. One can see the deterioration on the right and left side, Stars 1-7 & 8-13. This is better than XF40, great luster and natural color. ?AU50-55, mainly due to strike. R4. Est.Pop.75-150 coins. Much more difficult to find in any grade!
1798 B-12, BB-120 Close Date 40037 1798 $1 XF45 1 4 14
B12, BB-120. Pointed 9, 4 vertical lines. Rare Terminal die state. Graded as EF45 but in reality is AU condition. R4 but this die state is very rare. Est.Pop.100-200 coins.
1798 B-9, BB-121 Close Date 40038 1798 $1 AU55 2 1 21
B-9,BB-121. Maybe the finest known of this R5. PCGS AU55 (CAC). Ex Cardinal Collection. Great strike, color, and luster. Try and find one better. High CC. R5. Est.Pop. 75-150 coins.
1798 B-14, BB-122 Close Date 40039 1798 $1 AU55 2 0 20
B-14,BB-122. This coin is the earliest die state known to exist. NGC graded the coin AU58. PC obviously downgraded it perhaps for the weak stars on the right (Try to find one better)! But the amazing aspect of this coin is the stars being complete on the left. Most varieties have missing stars on the left secondary to an early die clash with development of a crack from the 1st star to the L in Liberty. This allowed numerous subvarieties to develope with missing stars on the left. R3. Est.Pop.300-425 coins. High CC (top 3).
1798 B-25, BB-123 Close Date 40040 1798 $1 AU55 1 0 10
B-25,BB-123. Nice example of "Blundered Star Reverse." Very rare Die State II. Good luster. R3(Perkins feels this is R4) Est.Pop.150-350 coins. High in CC. Please keep in mind this Est.number of coins reflect all coins in this die variety therefore assume 50-70% will not holder as PCGS or NGC coins due to mishandling, cleaning, or damage!
1798 B-24, BB-124 Wide Date 40041 1798 $1 AU55 2 0 20
B-24,BB-124. Nice luster. Weak in center and left stars is common. R2. Est.Pop. 600-1200 coins. Probably low in CC.
1798 B-8, BB-125 4 Berries 40042 1798 $1 AU55 2 0 20
B-8,BB-125. Nice luster. Weak in left stars is common. Nice luster. High grade rare. R2. Est.Pop. 600-1200 coins. Probably low in CC.
1798 B-34, BB-126 Wide Date 541930 1798 $1
1799/8 B-3, BB-141 15 Stars 40064 1799/8 $1 MS62 2 1 21
B-3,BB-141, 15 Starred Reverse 1799/8. Nice PCGSMS62 (CAC) with beautiful color and luster. Was an MS62 NGC and crossed. Not a rare variety but still very popular due to the unusual 15 starred reverse and being an overdate. R2. Est.Pop.800-1200 coins. A CC coin.
1799/8 B-1, BB-142 13 Stars 40065 1799/8 $1 MS62+ 1 0 10
B-1,BB-142, 13 Starred Reverse 1799/8. This exceptional ex. Col. Green Specimen is listed in Bowers as tied for 3rd finest known but may be higher. Both NGC and PCGS grade it MS62 BUT PC GAVE IT A + AND (CAC) ADDED A STICKER! Weakly struck centrally on obverse and reverse is typical for this Die State III. Beautiful iridescent blue, lustrous toning is noted. R2(R4- Perkins) Est.Pop.150-250 coins. High CC.
1799/8 B-2, BB-143 13 Stars 40066 1799/8 $1 AU55 3 0 30
B-2,BB-143, 13 Starred Reverse 1799/8. PCGS AU 55 (CAC). Wonderful strike, toning, and luster. Third and rarest of the overdates. R3(R4-Perkins). Est.Pop.200-450 coins. Low CC coin, i.e.?5or6.
1799 B-13, BB-151 Irregular Date 40044 1799 $1 XF40 1 2 12
B-13,BB-151, Irregular Date. R5 and the rarest variety of this date (1799). This magnificent coin is better than its grade and probably is the 2nd finest, "Stack's 1987: 779 "AU" and choice. Perfectly centered and struck. Mint lustre beneath pink and iridescent toning." mentioned in Bowers' Encyclopedia on Silver Dollars book. All coins of this variety are weakly struck in the center on the Reverse. A ray of star 13 touches the bust. Reverse die dot (rust) above E in STATES. Est.Pop.40-75 coins
1799 B-15, BB-152 Irregular Date 40045 1799 $1
1799 B-4, BB-153 15 Stars Irregular Date 40062 1799 $1 AU53 1 2 12
B-4,BB-153, 15 Star Reverse, Irregular Date. PCGS AU53. Great luster and toning. AU examples are rare. This is an AU58 by my estimation. This is in CC. R3. Est.Pop.300-500 coins.
1799 B-18, BB-154 40046 1799 $1 AU55 3 1 31
BB-18,BB-154. Was NGC58 but downgraded by PCGS to AU 55 (CAC). I love the color and feel the coin in even unc. Great eye appeal and toning. Slightly weak on reverse but hey after looking at enough varieties you realize this is fairly common in a deteriorating die as seen on this reverse (BB-154). Anyone for MS62?. R5. Est.Pop.50-75 coins. Rare in high grade. High in CC
1799 B-19, BB-155 40047 1799 $1 AU53 3 2 32
B-19,BB-155. Nice strike and wonderful toning. PCGS AU 53 (CAC). CC coin. Most in VF-EF. Obverse used in BB-154 & BB-155 only. R5. Est.Pop.60-90 coins. Note-multiple die cracks on obverse (@ Star 1, 2, 3 and date) leading to termination of die. I feel this coin is an MS62
1799 B-7, BB-156 40048 1799 $1 AU53 1 2 12
B-7,BB-156. Hard to find in high grade with a decent strike! This is the best one over the last 6 years! R4-5 Est.Pop.100-200 coins
1799 B-5, BB-157 40049 1799 $1 MS62 1 1 11
1799 B-16, BB-158 40050 1799 $1 AU58 3 1 31
B-16,BB-158, Close 17 Obverse. Obverse used only on this variety. This magnificently toned pink with rainbow rims is the best strike on all my coins. For shear beauty, strike, and luster this is MS63 or better! Star under cloud one is noticeably smaller than any other. Die State I. R2.Est.Pop.800-1200 coins. CC is high?
1799 B-23, BB-159 8X5 Stars 40063 1799 $1
1799 B-12, BB-160 40051 1799 $1 AU55 1 2 12
B-12,BB-160. Weak strike with colorful toning and multiple die breaks on obverse. High grade and probably in CC, although this is a more common variety. No berry reverse. R2. Est.Pop.650-1000 coins. Should be MS62.
1799 B-11, BB-161 40052 1799 $1
1799 B-6, BB-162 40053 1799 $1 MS62 1 1 11
B-6,BB-162. An exceptional coin with great toning and luster. The finest known according to the Bowers-Borchardt book, the Chaukley Specimen graded MS-63 in the book. It was in an NGC holder as an MS63 but alas PCGS downgraded it to an MS62. For now this is OK for my set but I truly believe it is better than a 62 or even 63! It is interesting to note that my first collection of early dollars was the mainstay of the Chaukley sale(Superior-1990), some 70+ coins including the best of the 1794's (2 1794 coins were in the sale). I always regretted selling my early dollar collection and when I finally discovered the Bowers-Borchardt Book with decent photos, unlike Bolender's book, I restarted my collecting of BB varieties! When was this? Answer - June 2005! This R4 has an Est.Pop. of probably 150-225. I had a difficult time finding this variety! Maybe R5?
1799 B-10, BB-163 40054 1799 $1 AU58+ 1 1 11
B-10,BB-163. AU58. Exceptional eye appeal with fabulous natural toning and luster. Was held by a knowledgable dollar collector for over 15 years before he sold it to me at a premier sum. I still think the coin is a slam dunk MS63! PCGS AU58+ (CAC). Should be CC but too many MS coins graded already exist in BB-163 to make this a CC coin. R1-2. Est.Pop.1000-1500 coins.
1799 B-17, BB-164 40055 1799 $1 MS62 1 1 11
B-17, BB-164 1799 WOW! Try to find a nicer MS Early Dollar. Golden rich toning and an magnificent strike. R2. Est.Pop. 500-750 coins. In top CC.(Probably #1). Should be MS 65!
1799 B-8, BB-165 40056 1799 $1 MS62+ 2 0 20
B-8,BB-165. Great color with PL surfaces and wonderful luster. Normal design. PCGS MS62+(CAC) and thus high CC coin. Late die state and thus weak Reverse! R3. Est.Pop.600-1000 coins.
1799 B-9, BB-166 40057 1799 $1 AU58 3 0 30
B-9,BB-166. Great toning and strike with pizazz. Normal design. Apostrophe after final S in STATES usually seen. R1. Est.Pop.1000-1500 coins.
1799 B14, BB-167 40058 1799 $1 AU58 2 0 20
B-14,BB-167. Pleasing toned in golden hues. Nicely struck PCGSAU58. R3. Est.Pop.400-650 coins.
1799 B-22 BB-168 40059 1799 $1 AU50 1 0 10
B-22,BB-168. This coin is noted for a reverse horizontal die break causing its ultimate demise. R-3/4. Est.Pop.200-400 coins. This coin is in high CC. Very Rare in EF and above.
1799 B-21, BB-169 40060 1799 $1 AU58 2 0 20
B-21,BB-169. Normal Design. Most in lower grades through EF. AU or finer is rare. PCGSAU58 (CAC). Exceptional luster. R3. Est.Pop. 450-800 coins. In middle CC statis.
1800 B-1, BB-181 40067 1800 $1 AU55 1 0 10
B-1,BB-181. 180 close in date. A scarce date and very rare in EF and above. This is a high CC within top 2. Beautiful golden toning with excellent strike unlike most with typical weak central strikes. Strike and luster alone makes this specimen an AU58! Est.Pop.90-150 coins. R5
1800 B-2 BB-182 40068 1800 $1 VF35 1 1 11
B-2,BB-182. The third rarest 1800 dollar. PCGSVF35 (CAC). Medium wide date. R6. Est.Pop.40-70 coins. CC mid @3-5.
1800 B-3, BB-183 40069 1800 $1 N1 3
1800 B-12, BB-184 40070 1800 $1 AU50 3 5 35
B-12,BB-184, close date, reverse of 1799. The typical grade is up to a VF. XF are rare and AU are most likely CC coins. Graded PCGS AU50. I believe this coin is a minimum AU55 with an incredible golden toning on a PL surface. R3. Est.Pop.250-450 coins
1800 B-20 BB-185 40071 1800 $1 XF45 1 1 11
B-20,BB-185. R7! Believed to be the RAREST of the 1800 varieties. This is the Plate Coin in Bowers book! Est.Pop. 10-30 coins. This is near top (1 or 2) of CC statis. The upper right star (8th) in a position similar to the 1804 dollar, with two points almost touching the Y. This variety has been used according to Bolender at least twice (~10% of Population) to fabricate an 1804 dollar making this variety even harder to fine! Obverse used only in B-20, BB-185! Reverse seen in BB-185, BB-186, and BB-187.
1800 B-4, BB-186 40072 1800 $1 AU55 1 1 11
B-4,BB-186. Nice pleasing coin. Good luster. Hard to find in high grade. Usual weak reverse. Mid CC coin. R4. Est.Pop.150-250 coins.
1800 B-16, BB-187 40073 1800 $1
1800 B-8, BB-188 40074 1800 $1 AU53 2 1 21
B-8,BB-188. A downgraded NGC AU55. In this case strike and luster still make this at least an AU55. Good strike and great color. Hard date to find in high condition. Low CC coin. R4. Est.Pop.150-250 coins
1800 B-5 BB-189 40075 1800 $1 XF45 3 2 32
B-5,BB-189. Normal design. Rare in XF. Almost impossible in AU and above. this coin is mid CC. Great luster, color, and strike ?AU? R5. Est.Pop.100-175 coins.
1800 B-10, BB-190 Wide Date 40076 1800 $1 AU58 4 1 41
B-10, BB-190, WIde Date and 8 too low. PCGSAU58 (CAC). Absolutely spectacular color and luster for this same obverse used in the rare B-11, BB191. R3. Est.Pop.400-600 coins.
1800 B-11, BB-191 Americai 40081 1800 $1 AU50 2 2 22
B-11,BB-191, Americai, Wide Date, Low 8. Great coin for this mod. rare variety (the rarer of the two Americai). PCGSAU50 (CAC). Should grade AU53. Middle to high CC. R4(Perkins says R5). Est.Pop.150-300 coins.
1800 B-19, BB-192 Americai 40082 1800 $1 MS61 1 1 11
This B-19,BB-192 is one of the finest known Americai bust dollars. It came out of an old private collection in the Mid West (held for 40 years) before it was sold and made an MS61 on the first and only submission to PCGS. There is one other at MS63. Who knows which is better? The pizazz and color are outstanding. An R2 pop.1000-1200 but extremely rare in MS60+. High CC coin.
1800 B-13, BB-193 40077 1800 $1 AU58 1
1800 B-14, BB-194 Dotted Date 40078 1800 $1 AU55 1 1 11
B-14,B-194, Dotted Date. Popular dotted date. Common R2/3. Est.Pop.500-800 coins. Used as type set and therefore higher premium. Nice luster and strike characteristicly weak on obverse left of bust. May be low in CC.
1800 B-15, BB-195 10 Arrows 40080 1800 $1
1800 B-17, BB-196 12 Arrows 40079 1800 $1 MS62 1 0 10
B-17,BB-196 12 Arrows. Ex Cardinal Coin. Great color, luster and strike. Famous collar clash on bust. Often weak on hair not seen in this coin. MS exceedingly rare. Great strike. Should be MS63-64. R3. Prob in top 2 of CC coin. Est.Pop.500-900 coins.
1801 B-1, BB-211 40083 1801 $1 AU58 1 0 10
B-1,BB-211. Gun metal blue toning with a great strike. High in CC. PCGSAU58. R3. Est.Pop.350-600 coins.
1801 B-2, BB-212 40084 1801 $1 MS63 2 0 20
B-2,BB-212 Nice toning and great luster. This magnificent PCGSMS63 coin is just like the photo and ranks as top CC 1 or 2! It is PL and struck better than any other BB-212 I have owned including the other PCGS MS63 B-2, BB-212. R3. High to mid CC coin. Est.Pop.425-800 coins.
1801 B-3, BB-213 40085 1801 $1 MS62 1 0 10
B-3,BB-213. THE REVERSE IS EASY TO PICK OUT-RT.FOOT OF T IS MISSING. PCGSMS62. Nice toning and great luster. Obverse and reverse strong. R3. High to mid CC coin. Est.Pop.425-800 coins.
1801 B-4, BB-214 40086 1801 $1 AU55 1 1 11
B-4,BB-214. The rarest of the 1801 varieties. Typical weak strike. Even golden toning with great luster and prooflike surfaces. Best strike I have seen in this rare variety. PCGSAU55 (CAC). Could easily be AU58 or Unc. R4. Est.Pop. 200-300 coins. High CC coin.
1802/1 B1, BB231 Close Date 40091 1802/1 $1 AU58 1 0 10
B1,BB-231, Close Date, overdate 1802/1. The top of the CC, perhaps #1. Beautiful toning of sunset hues with a touch of iridescent blue. Great strike for this rare variety. R4. Est.Pop.100-150 coins. Could be MS63 just as easy as AU58.
1802/1 B-4, BB-232 Close Date 40092 1802/1 $1 AU55 2 4 24
B-4,BB-232, Cose Date, overdate. Great strike, luster and toning. Again this easily could be graded AU58! R3. Est.Pop.350-450 coins. Low to mid CC.
1802/1 B-2, BB-233 Wide Date 40093 1802/1 $1 AU50 2 1 21
B-2 BB-233 Wide Date, 1802/1. Attractive steel toned AU50+++. Should be AU55. Within top 2 of CC. MS non known to survive R4. Est.Pop. 100-175 coins. This is probably optimistic.
1802/1 B-3, BB-234 Wide Date 40094 1802/1 $1 MS61 1 2 12
B-3 BB-234 Wide Date, 1802/1. R3. Most common of the overdates but still rare in MS condition. Nice original toning and luster. R3. CC #1. Est.Pop. 400-600 coins.
1802/1 B-9 BB-235 Wide Date 40095 1802/1 $1 AU53 1 1 11
B-9 BB-235, 1802/1. The rarest !802/1 variety. R5. Rare in high grade. In fact AU coins were not thought to exist.THIS COIN HIGH CC, probably #1. Should be AU58+. Est.Pop. 75-150 Coins.
1802 B-6, BB-241 Close Date 40088 1802 $1 AU53 3 6 36
B-6,BB-241. This common variety is often found in high grades of AU or better. This coin is graded PCGSAU53 but could easily go up to AU55-58. Nice steel-like toning with lots of luster. Great strike. R1-2. Est.Pop. 1000-1500 coins.
1802 B-5, BB-242 Wide Date 40089 1802 $1 AU58 1 0 10
NOW IS #16286508. B-5,BB-242,wide normal date. Ex. Cardinal coin. The higest graded one in PCGS holder. High in CC. May be finest known! R5. Est.pop.75-100 coins.
1803 B-1, BB-251 Small 3 40096 1803 $1 AU50 2 1 21
B-1 BB-251 Small 3, !803. R4. Nice toning and luster. AU very rare and MS probably non existent. This coin was NGC53. CC High top 3 at least. Est.Pop.150-250 coins.
1803 B-5, BB-252 Small 3 40097 1803 $1 AU53 2 2 22
B-5,BB-252, Small 3, close date, 1803. Beautiful Blue irridescent toning and great strike. Should grade AU58+- MS60! R3. Est.Pop. 400-500 coins.
1803 B-4, BB-254 Small 3 40099 1803 $1
1803 B-6, BB-255 Large 3 40101 1803 $1 AU55 3 4 34
B-6,BB-255, Large 3. Spectacular toning with PL look. R1/2, Est.Pop.1000-1650 coins. Should be low CC coin. Grade AU58+- MS62.
1803 B-3, BB-256 Small 3 40100 1803 $1 AU53 1 1 11
B-3 BB-256 Small 3, 1803. Extremely rare in AU condition. This coin is finest known and was fought over by bidders until I was successful in purchasing it for $25K, a bargin! This is the finest one I have ever seen and is Prooflike as is usually the case. Should grade AU58. R6+ maybe low 7. Est. 25-30 coins. High CC 1 or 2.
1803 B-8, BB-257 Large 3 535991 1803 $1


Excellent set, thank you for sharing it. Tom Pilitowski

Posted @ 9/4/2010 5:57 PM By Tudo

I will again display my entire set at the ANA in Los Angeles Staples convention center. I will be available to enjoy comparing and discussing my coins with all the Dollar collectors. Please come over and introduce yourself. The exact location will be determined soon and I will post it here. Your feedback is always appreciated. Dr. H

Posted @ 7/8/2009 8:08 PM By R.Hesselgesser

I,ll be displaying my set at the ANA at IRA & LARRY GOLDBERG COINS & COLLECTIBLES Booth. I hope anyone interested in early dollars will have a chance to drop bye. Dr. Hesselgesser

Posted @ 7/2/2007 1:40 PM By GCCA

Your comments are appreciated . The coin in question (BB1 16) was apparently stored in a newspaper and toned with the print embosed into the toning. I can read the letters when the coin is placed up to a mirror, The letters appear to be "drape", "Spec" and " turban". At the bottom on the neck the letters ST appear. This is one of my favorite coins plus being a rare BB116 in a condition censis state. RDH

Posted @ 6/11/2007 11:30 PM By R.Hesselgesser

This is one amazing set you have assembled. Collecting Bust Dollars in it's own right is quite an achievement, but you've decided to step it up a couple notches and collect by B & BB variety; quite the undertaking. As I write this, you only need 14 more varieties. My biggest question when looking at the pictures of your coins is this, can you explain to me what looks to be script writing on the toning of your 1798 B-30 BB-116 Large Eagle Dollar. I find this most interesting and if you've been able to decipher what it says I would be most interested in what it is it actually does say. Everything else looks exceptionally awesome and good luck with the rest of your collection. STONE

Posted @ 6/10/2007 7:01 PM By USCoinrunner

I am just a neophyte with coins having only collected simple well used items. Imagine--I have never even seen one of these except on this site in a picture. I am at the bottom, playing with Ebay, but it is fun. I hope the Dr can find the rest of this fabulous collection-it will set the standard never to be outdone. Charles Griffin.

Posted @ 3/8/2007 3:56 PM By chass200

This is an amazingly beautiful set of Flowing Hair and Draped Bust Dollars that I enjoy viewing to enjoy the true aesthetic beauty of these coins. I would love to have the opportunity to meet Dr. Hesselgesser to discuss our mutual love of Early U.S. Dollars!! I am staring out by assembling a Type Set of Early Dollars, and these photographs are excellent references of the quality coins that can be found (with lots of hard looking) in high end AU grade. Thanks very much for sharing these with us!! Stuart Goldstein

Posted @ 2/11/2007 6:16 PM By StuGold

Thanks to PCGS for your incredible display of my coins. I hope all numismatist can see how beautiful the FH and Bust series can be, not to mention the difficulty in finding coins that PCGS will grade. This set is currently at 101 of 118. The last 17 Varieties will take some time! RDH

Posted @ 2/8/2007 6:05 PM By GCCA