Draped Bust $5

Draped Bust, Small Eagle (1795-1798)

Long before the Mint began production in 1793, officials were well aware of the need to maintain the integrity of American coinage. The nation’s coins were its face to the world—they not only needed to be of correct weight, but it was equally important that they appeared solid and trustworthy. The necessity for particular care in the preparation of gold and silver planchets was a given, but it was attention to design where the Mint initially came up short. Public criticism of the first issues made officials acutely sensitive to ridicule. No one wanted another fiasco like the Chain cent, where the interlocking links were misinterpreted by the public as the chains of slavery. The Mint could ill afford anything less than perfection in either weight or design.

Design is largely a matter of opinion, but the precious metal content of a nation’s coins is an entirely different matter: There is no room fo.... (Expand Text)

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1796/5 DRAPED BUST $5, SMALL EAGLE AU50

SMALL EAGLE. SHARPLY STRUCK. VERY SCARCE OVERDATE.
$57,500.00

1797/5 DRAPED BUST $5, LARGE EAGLE MS61

VERY CHOICE LUSTEROUS SURFACES. ONLY 20 BELIEVED TO EXIST TODAY IN ANY GRADE. ONLY 1 COIN GRADED HIGHER.
$325,000.00

1797/5 DRAPED BUST $5, LARGE EAGLE MS61

LARGE EAGLE. DRAMATIC OVERDATE. WELL STRUCK WITH LOVELY SATIN LUSTER. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
$275,000.00

1798 DRAPED BUST - TYPE 2 $5, SMALL 8, HERALDIC EAGLE AU58

LARGE EAGLE, SMALL 8. LUSTEROUS SURFACES WITH SOME OBVERSE ADJUSTMENT MARKS. ONLY SEVEN COINS GRADE HIGHER.
$28,500.00

1805 DRAPED BUST $5, HERALDIC EAGLE MS64

LOVELY SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. HIGHEST GRADED OF THIS VARIETY AT PCGS. BD-1.
$57,500.00

1806 DRAPED BUST $5, ROUND 6, 7X6 STARS MS64

KNOBBED 6. BD-6. ONLY 1 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$42,000.00

1807 DRAPED BUST $5, BUST RIGHT MS64

SMALL STAR REVERSE. WELL STRUCK AND BOLDLY LUSTEROUS. ONLY TWO COINS GRADE HIGHER AT PCGS. BASS PEDIGREE.
$52,500.00