I have loved this coin since the moment I saw it a decade ago. At the time, it was in an NGC 65 holder. Aside from the beautiful original golden toning, its strongest attribute is the full and flowing luster across the surfaces. A lovely coin!
The Eliasberg specimen....the finest known. Ex NGC MS67. Full flowing cartwheel luster graced by a kiss of delicate toning. The reverse is simply spectacular with luminous mint bloom on the eagle and clouds.
This stunning example of the 1796 dollar is the absolute finest known. The fields are alive with semi prooflike flash and the color is simply outstanding. While a bit dark, the coin is a solid gem due to the eye appeal and flash.
The Green-Newman-Morelan specimen. Delightfully lustrous for the date with a very sharp strike. The even toning serves to frame the devices which stand out nicely from the fields. A bit of shiny contact on the cheek and a few lines on the neck of Liberty prevent the gem classification.
The Cleneay-Green-Newman-Morelan specimen. This coin is the finest known for this transitional type. It has full flowing luster and wonderful toning. A bit baggy with a touch of high point friction, it is nonetheless a marvelous example of a date that is almost never found nice.
The Boston-Morelan specimen. Held for nearly two centuries in a Boston area family's collection. Famed dollar collector Jack Lee once called this the "only early dollar in true unc" than he had seen. It is wonderfully original with full flowing luster. The only distraction are a few fingerprints on the obverse that are translucent with the light. The reverse is full MS67 quality.
Full, flowing cartwheel luster with fairly clean surfaces overlayed with beautiful, original toning. This coin's main flaw is a series of light friction lines on Liberty's cheek ...and there is some debate as to whether or not those are enough to prevent a gem grade. My personal in hand opinion is that it is indeed a gem although it will never CAC. Certainly one of the finest survivors of the date.
The Green-Newman-Morelan specimen. Beautiful, flashy obverse with multicolored toning over prooflike surfaces. The devices are nicely frosty, as is the reverse. A small unfortunate scratch in front of Liberty's face prevents a gem classification.
The Green-Newman-Morelan specimen. This coin is an amazing gem with velvety mint frost on the devices and full cartwheel luster under variable golden and rainbow toning. A few ticks hardly distract from the amazing eye appeal of this finest known example.