A lustrous olive-gold prize. Bold cartwheel activity ignites the frosty surfaces while some prooflike reflectivity is present here and there. Choice for the grade with no marks that assault the unassisted eye. Not a great rarity as a variety, with perhaps some 150 to 200 specimens known, but at MS-63, as here, the rarity and desirability are both undeniable.
This is Bass-Dannreuther Obverse State b, no clashing, no lapping, no cracks; and Reverse State c, previously used for BD-1, the available 1801 variety, now with crack at top of IT, another, ribbon past M to star 6, and clashed (at star 1 near beak and wing/shield), lapped.
Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers
This lovely coin, nicely described above, would be ideal for inclusion in a specialized collection by date and major variety or in a type set. It comes from a fine collection assembled in New England by a client who worked with Bowers and Merena Galleries over a period of years, with Dave Bowers and Ray Merena making the selections.
PCGS Population (all die marriages of the Small-Stars Reverse variety): just 9; 12 finer through MS-65.
From the Dr. Albert R. Frederick, Jr. Collection.