Bill's Early Dollar Date Set
1796

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: SILVER DOLLARS - DRAPED BUST
Item Description: $1 1796 SM DATE LG LETTERS BB-61,B-4
Full Grade: NGC AU 50
Owner: BillJones

Set Details

Custom Sets: This coin is not in any custom sets.
Competitive Sets: Bill Jones' Eary Dollars   Score: 6089
Bill Jones' Type Set Excluding Modern Issues   Score: 4187
Bill's Early Dollar Date Set   Score: 6089
Research: NGC Coin Explorer NGC Coin Price Guide

Owner Comments:

In fall of 1795 Robert Scott introduced his Draped Bust design on the silver dollar. His first die was noticeably off-center which was a defect he would subsequently correct. Unlike Scott’s previous visions of Ms. Liberty, the new national symbol had her hair coiffured in an orderly fashion with a bow neatly tied at the back of her head. This design would satisfy the critics and remain current until its last appearance on the half cent in 1808.

The reverse would continue to raise controversy. It featured a young, fledgling eagle emerging into the world, much like the young United States. Newspaper critics failed to note this symbolism and labeled it as a “sick turkey.” Scott would continue to use the Small Eagle design until midway though 1798 when he would borrow a motif from The Great Seal of the United States. At long last Scott’s critics would rest their case!

The present coin is a very sharp, lightly worn example of this scarce type which was issued for only about three years.

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