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1804 DRAPED BUST SILVER DOLLAR -
The "Idler" Specimen

Obverse of The "Idler" 1804 Silver Dollar     Reverse of The "Idler" 1804 Silver Dollar


1804 DRAPED BUST SILVER DOLLAR -
The "Idler-Bebee" Example

Images courtesy of Legend Numismatics

The history of this coin:
"EF, rubbed and scratched" (per Walter Breen).  Originally purchased from the Philadelphia mint by William Idler - Captain John W. Haseltine in 1908 - H.O. Granberg - B. Max Mehl "William C. Atwater" 06/1946, $2,875.00 - B. Max Mehl "Will W. Neil" 06/1947, $3,125 - Abe Kosoff "Edwin Hydeman" 03/1961, $29,000 - sold by Abe Kosoff in 1972 to the Wide World Coin Company "for a reported $80,000." - reportedly sold later in 1972 to Bowers and Ruddy Galleries for $150,000 - sold in 1974 to Mark Blackburn for $200,000 - sold in 1979 to Superior Stamp and Coin Company - sold in 1979 to Dr. Jerry Buss for $200,000.00 - Superior 01/1985:1337, $302,000.00 - Aubrey Bebee - donated to the American Numismatic Association in 1991.

Notes:
This example is of the "Class III" variety, indicating that it was made sometime in (or after) 1858.

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The "Idler" 1804 Draped Bust Silver Dollar
Images courtesy of the Museum of the American Numismatic Association