Important Choice Mint State 1799/8 Dollar
This is a gorgeous, highly lustrous piece with a satin to softly frosted texture on both sides. The surfaces are virtually brilliant, and they are also free of distracting abrasions with an outwardly smooth "look" in a Select Mint State early dollar. Boldly to sharply struck throughout, this impressive example would serve as a centerpiece in the finest cabinet. An incredible coin that is clearly the second finest of the variety behind only the Gem Eliasberg example. This coin has the usual later die state with small raised lines on the upper obverse, and the reverse has extensive die damage on the I of AMERICA seen on all specimens that were struck from this reverse. In addition advanced die cracks are seen on the upper reverse through the legend. Despite these challenges the devices are generally sharp and this is phenomenal coin for the Registry, major type or even the well-healed variety collector. For the major type and variety of the 1799/8 13 star reverse there are two finer examples reported, but there are two different die pairings that fit this description.
Estimate: $0.00 - $0.00
Pedigree: From our session of Auction '84, July 1984, lot 1185; our sale of the L.R. French Family Collection, January 1989, lot 10; Heritage's FUN Signature Sale of January 1998, lot 7017; our sale of the Cardinal Collection, June 2005, lot 36; Heritage's sale of the Joseph C. Thomas Collection, April 2009, lot 2557; our Treasures of the S.S. New York Sale, July 2009, lot 643; and our March Sale of 2010, lot 1117. The plate coin for the variety in the 2013 edition of Q. David Bowers' book The Encyclopedia of United States Silver Dollars: 1794-1804.
PCGS Population: 1; 2 finer (Mint State-65 finest) of the 1799/8, 13 star reverse designation.