Draped Bust Cents

(1796-1807)

At no other time in American history was the one cent coin so important as it was in the closing years of the 18th century. Although cumbersome, the large copper coins were useful for very small transactions, unlike the wide variety of foreign coins then in circulation. Yet the Mint’s ability to create dies and procure quality copper for these vital coins was hampered by inadequate machinery, inexperienced employees and lack of funds, not to mention frequent epidemics of yellow fever. It often cost more to produce a coin than its face value. Though these failings could be explained as the growing pains of a new enterprise, Congress on several occasions almost gave up on the business of making coins and considered turning the matter over to private companies.

The young Mint was frequently attacked as inefficient. Actually, if one were to characterize the early years of the Philadelphia facility.... (Expand Text)

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1797 DRAPED BUST 1C, REV OF 1797, STEMS MS64 Brown

REVERSE OF 1797. STEMS. SOME RED IS STILL APPARENT.
$18,500.00

1797 DRAPED BUST 1C, REV OF 1797, STEMS MS64 Brown

REVERSE OF 1797. S-135. GLOSSY LIGHT BROWN PLANCHET.
$18,500.00

1797 DRAPED BUST 1C, REV OF '95, GRIPPED EDGE MS64 Brown

GRIPPED EDGE. REV OF 1795. THIS S-120b IS ONLY MINT STATE.
$59,500.00

1798 DRAPED BUST 1C, 1ST HAIR STYLE MS64 Brown

1ST HAIR STYLE. SOME MINT RED. HIGHEST S-157 GRADED AT PCGS.
$35,000.00

1798 DRAPED BUST 1C, 2ND HAIR STYLE MS65 Brown

2nd HAIR STYLE. SMALL 8. FINEST S-187 GRADED AY PCGS.
$85,000.00

1798 DRAPED BUST 1C, 2ND HAIR STYLE MS65 Brown

2nd HAIR STYLE. SMALL 8. S-179. JUST 1 GRADED HIGHER.
$85,000.00

1798/7 DRAPED BUST 1C, OVERDATE MS58 Brown

VERY RARE OVERDATE. S-152. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
$21,000.00

1800/79 DRAPED BUST 1C, OVERDATE MS63 Brown

2nd HAIR STYLE. LOVELY PLANCHET. S-194. RARITY-3.
$39,950.00

1804 DRAPED BUST 1C MS30 Brown

LOVELY CHOCOLATE BROWN PLANCHET. VERY SCARCE DATE.
$9,950.00

1807/6 DRAPED BUST 1C, S-272 SMALL 7 1012

SMALL 7. S-272. NICE PLANCHET.
$10,950.00