1800 DRAPED BUST $1, DOTTED DATE MS63
DOTTED DATE. ONLY 1 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
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January 1st of 1800 was an eventful day in what is referred to as the Quasi-War between the US and France. While escorting four merchant ships through the Caribbean, the USS Experiment and her convoy were attacked by a large force of Haitian picaroons commanded by the pro-French Haitian leader, André Rigaud. Roughly 1,500 picaroons, which were essentially Haitian pirates, attacked the convoy on 40 to 50 barges armed with swivel guns and four-pound cannons. The barges were no match for the US schooner, but were able to capture two of the merchant ships when they drifted out of the protection of the Experiment’s guns. At the end of the day, the picaroons lost three barges and many men and the convoy lost two merchant ships but suffered only one reported death. In October 1800, Rigaud was defeated by another Haitian leader, Toussaint L’Ouverture, and attempted to flee to France before his ship was intercepted by the USS Experiment. Could an 1800 silver dollar have been used to pay the salary of one the sailors of the USS Experiment? Perhaps it was carried by one of the merchant ships the Experiment was able to protect and therefore narrowly escaped capture to be offered here today.