Smooth, “hard” surfaces (frequently seen on very early die states) with a protective grey-dirt patina. Nearly full luster. No marks deserve mention. Nearly all from this die pair come with a die break on the reverse, below the denomination and up through UNITED. When struck from perfect dies, as here, Steve Herrman’s AMBPR suggests a rarity rating of R.6, 13 to 30 pieces known. I’ve handled but one other “prime,” an XF example. This important coin may be the finest known of its ilk; its pedigree includes the collection of BHNC member David Kahn. Est. $1,000 to $2,000.
Sheridan Downey, Numismatist Oakland, California firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 479-1585