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Obverse of 1799 Silver Dollar - Bolender 5       Reverse of 1799 Silver Dollar - Bolender 5

1799 SILVER DOLLAR - BOLENDER 5

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

From Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 1589, where it was described as follows:
"1799 Bolender-5a AU58 Later die state. Characterized by the imperfect U in UNITED, the thick part at upper left being cut off at its corner (from a defective punch?) -- the reverse is cracked through UNITED STATES. A wonderful, fully struck impression that has nearly full satin-like luster on both sides, sleek, original, light silvery gray. Best of all are the surfaces, which lack the more normal marks and/or tarnish impurities. A first-rate coin by anyone's definition and certain to please even the most fastidious Bust Dollar collector.

In 1799, some 11 obverses and 17 reverses were combined to produce 23 varieties. The earliest obverse, evidently a 1798 die left over without final digit and only completed at hardening, is the famous Irregular Date: final 9 much too low, tilted crazily to right (A common occurrence in Scot's day, doubtless explaining also both the High 8 obverse and the 1798 with 15 stars. The Irregular Date comes with three reverses, all short-lived: a 'cross pattern' die left over from 1798; 5387, a rusted normal die; and the famous 15 Stars blunder: the regular 'arc pattern' began with seven stars in top row, six in second, plus the two at beak and behind head. On discovery of the blunder, Scot greatly enlarged two end clouds to conceal the two extra stars, but some points remain clear."

Price Realized = $6,900.00

Recent appearances:
AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 849, illustrated, sold for $4,600.00

EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 853, illustrated, sold for $1,495.00

Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1148, "Broken U", not plated, sold for $661.25

Fine/Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1149, "Broken U", not plated, sold for $546.25

 

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