Among the many collections presented at Heritage’s various auctions
held Jan. 3 to 8 in conjunction with the Florida United Numismatists
convention in Tampa were selections from the estate of Heritage
cataloger Dr. Jon Amato, who passed away last year. Amato’s type set
was especially strong in its presentation of handsome type coins in
collector grades, and the more than 40 coins offered from his
collection provided evidence of the careful connoisseurship of this
researcher, whose contributions to the hobby will be long-remembered.
Here’s one of three highlights from the Amato type set:
1795 Flowing Hair silver dollar, BB-18 die
marriage, PCGS genuine, Cleaned, Very Fine Details,
Dr. Amato did not shy away from adding coins with small problems to
his type set as long as the problems did not significantly impact the
eye appeal of a coin. This is seen with his 1795 Flowing Hair silver
dollar graded by Professional Coin Grading Service as Genuine,
Cleaned, Very Fine Details. The obverse die employs the bust of
Liberty seen on 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollars with the Three Leaves
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The distinctive variety — classified as B-7, BB-18 in Q. David
Bowers and Mark Borckardt’s reference Silver Dollars and Trade
Dollars of the United States: A Complete Encyclopedia — features
14 berries on the reverse, split evenly with seven berries on each branch.
Longtime authenticator explains how
counterfeiters up their game in their efforts to rip off the marketplace.
Also inside this issue, we provide a solution to examining those
tiny dimes in your collection.
Given the rarity of 1794 dollars, this handsome example provides an
alternative and is a solid type coin to boot. The surfaces remain a
bit glossy from an old cleaning, but it has since toned in rich green
and gold colors. It sold for $2,880 on Jan. 3 and hopefully will grace
another collector’s type set.