1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar. BB-20, B-2. Rarity-3. BB Die State II. Two Leaves. Specimen-64 (NGC).
Amazing Specimen 1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar
Ex: The Lord St. Oswald Collection
Boldly defined borders frame equally well-defined devices on both sides of this remarkable Flowing Hair dollar. Expertly preserved, as well, the brightly reflective surfaces are adorned in delicate silver-olive iridescence that is a bit more pronounced on the obverse.
Just two examples of this date have been deemed "Specimen" by NGC for the Flowing Hair type offered here; two pieces called "Specimen" are also listed by that firm for the Draped Bust silver dollars of the date. The present beauty stands apart from the Mint State examples of the date currently known by virtue of its "special" appearance and the obvious care with which the piece was struck. Presentation piece or simply a matter of chance? We probably will never know, though our thoughts lean toward the presentation angle. Immediately clear, however, is the superb quality offered here. The strike is bold for the issue and the eye appeal falls securely within the highest reaches of that category. This particular coin has passed through just five collections in the ensuing 50 years since the sale of the Lord St. Oswald Collection, including the collection of Norman Stack, where it resided until 1989 before being sold at private treaty through New York dealer Eric Streiner. Absolutely one of the highlights of this ANA sale, and definitely one of the highlights among all early U.S. coins, silver or otherwise. We can almost sense the specialists lining up for a chance at bragging rights to this world-class early dollar. It's a shame there aren't several of these to go around, for all but the winning bidder will share a sense of loss when their bids fall short of the mark. A coin, no, an early silver dollar for the ages.
Pedigree: From Christie, Manson & Woods' sale of the Lord St. Oswald Collection, 1964, lot 139; Norman Stack, sold privately through Eric Streiner, 1989; Superior's Chicago Sale of August 1991, lot 553; Heritage's sale of the Bob Bisanz U.S. Type Set, January 2001, lot 7186; Heritage's FUN Signature Sale of January 2007, lot 1025.