1795 Draped Bust Dollar, Small Eagle – Ex. Hayes

Ex Jimmy Hayes Collection, Stacks, October 1985, lot 73, where it was catalogued “Choice Brilliant Proof.” Struck from polished dies and exhibiting extremely sharp detail on the highest parts of the hair and the eagle’s breast feathers. Undoubtedly one of the presentation pieces made for influential vistors and others under the administration of Mint Director Henry DeSaussure, […]
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1796/5 Draped Bust Half Dime – Ex. Hayes

Ex Jimmy Hayes Collection, Stacks, October 1985, lot 5, where it was described: “The overdate exceptionally sharp, as is the entire coin. Using Q. David Bowers’ words, ‘An exquisite, yes, phenomenal striking.’ The coin is so well struck, full hair, stars and feathers on the eagle’s breast that it is medallic in appearance. Wholly prooflike with a hint […]
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1796 Draped Bust Dime – Ex. Hayes

Ex Jimmy Hayes Collection, Stacks, October 1985, lot 16, where it was described: “Gem Brilliant Proof. Undoubtedly struck for presentation. Deep mirror surface, fully struck stars and devices. Superb sea-green, golden and iridescent toning. Really a coin of indescribable beauty. Not only is this coin the Finest Known of the variety, but it is the only example known to […]
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1801 Draped Bust Half Dollar – Ex. Hayes

Ex Jimmy Hayes Collection, Stacks, October 1985, lot 51, where it was described: “Choice Brilliant Uncirculated, frosty mint luster. An absolutely sensational example of this rare date. The devices are sharly struck except for the stars which never have their radial lines. The first year of the type and by far, rarer in Mint State than even […]
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1801 Draped Bust Dollar – Proof Restrike

Actually a “Novodel” (made from copy dies). Often referred to by numismatists as a “Fantasy piece.” Struck sometime between 1836 and the 1850’s. The first record of the coin’s existence was in the March, 1876 edition of The Coin Collector’s Journal, where Edouard Frossard described Capt. John W. Haseltine’s display of a set of dollars dated 1801, […]
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1804 Draped Bust Quarter – Ex. Hayes

Ex Jimmy Hayes Collection, Stacks, October 1985, lot 34, where it was described: “Gem Brilliant Uncirculated. A pristine example, full frosty mint bloom, and exceptionally beautiful light sea-green and iridescent toning. The coin is as sharply struck as any we’ve ever seen. We must agree with Lester Merkin in calling this specimen “The Finest Known.” A great rarity from […]
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