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1797 SILVER DOLLAR - BOLENDER 1

From Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 1584, where it was described as follows:
"1797 Draped Bust Small Eagle Stars 9 + 7 Bolender-1 XF45. Old-time gray and multihued patina on either side, deepest at the outer margin, lighter towards the centers. A tiny rim mark at star 5; otherwise, the rims are superb as is the entire surface, save for a slightly irregular area at the neck. A pleasing coin for the grade, even has a little luster around the devices on reverse.

In 1797, the number of stars was increased to sixteen. The coinage was the smallest of any years from 1795 to 1803, only 7,776 pieces having been struck. Only two obverse dies and three reverse dies were required for this small coinage. Bolender puts the obverse with 9 stars on the left, 7 on the right as the first variety struck. Later die states of B-1 show pronounced cracks."

Price Realized = $3,220.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1408, "Bolender-1, 9x7 Stars", sold for $8,050.00

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6141, "Bolender 1", illustrated, sold for $5,060.00

NGC EF-40.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6140, "Bolender 1", illustrated, sold for $2,990.00

EF-40 Repaired.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6845, "Bolender-1, BB-73, 9x7, Large Letters" not illustrated, not sold

VF-25.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 330, "BB-73, 9x7 stars, large letters", sold for $2,185.00

VF-20.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 5, "BB-73", illustrated, sold for $1,610.00

Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1141, "Bolender 1, Stars 9 x 7, Berries 3 and 5", not plated, sold for $1,265.00

Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 436, "B-1, Stars 9x7", not plated, sold for $1,380.00

Fine/Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1142, "Bolender 1", not plated, sold for $1,437.50

Net Good-4, sharpness of F-15.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 331, "BB-73, B-1, 9x7 stars, stars, large letters", sold for $632.50