1797 $1 10X6 Stars, MS62 PCGS
B-3, BB-71, R.3. Decades of study of this series has yielded a great many facts. One of those that percolates to the fore is the simple reality that 1797 silver dollars just didn't survive in Mint State. Oh sure, with patience a splendid Extremely Fine or even an About Uncirculated may turn up occasionally--but Mint State is just downright problematic. Given that a mere four examples have been certified by PCGS in all Mint State grades, plus one more if you include the nine by seven star configuration tallies to a single hand count of five pieces. Forget the mintage and various delivery adjustments, the simple reality is this is one of the most difficult years to find in any Mint State grade--even rarer than the coveted 1794.
An especially attractive example of the date and variety; a lovely coin with intense underlying luster that supports rich gold, carmine, and neon-blue iridescence on both sides. Splashes of sea-green at the peripheries add greatly to the overall visual enjoyment of the piece. The strike is bold and crisp, the surfaces are essentially unmarred, and it is truly deserving of the assigned grade. The present specimen, among the four finest examples of the variety seen by PCGS, will be a highlight in an early dollar collection or advanced U.S. type set. Population: 2 in 62, just 2 finer (MS64 finest) within the 10X6 Stars designation. (PCGS 6865)