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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1795 DRAPED BUST $5 MS62 PCGS

S/D VARIETY. LUSTROUS SURFACES ATONED THIS RARE VARIETY. BD-6. LESS THAN 90 BELEIVED TO EXIST IN ALL GRADES. JUST TWO MS-63 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. HARRY W. BASS PEDIGREE.
$187,000.00

1797/5 DRAPED BUST $5, LARGE EAGLE MS61 PCGS

LARGE EAGLE. DRAMATIC OVERDATE. WELL STRUCK WITH LOVELY SATIN LUSTER. ONLY A MS62+ GRADED HIGHER. 15 STAR OBVERSE. JUST 20 COINS KNOWN TO EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES.
$423,500.00

1798 DRAPED BUST $5, LARGE 8, 13 ST REV MS64+ PCGS

LARGE 8, 13 STAR REVERSE. BD-5. LESS THAN 201 SPECIMENS BELIEVED TO EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES. JUST TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. BASS PEDIGREE.
$198,000.00

1798 DRAPED BUST $5, SMALL 8 MS62 PCGS

SMALL 8. VERY CHOICE FLASHY SURFACES. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED. LESS THAN 100 BELIEVED TO EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES. BASS PEDIGREE.
$148,500.00

1799 DRAPED BUST $5, SMALL STARS REVERSE MS62 PCGS

SMALL STARS REVERSE. CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES.
$58,300.00

1803/2 DRAPED BUST $5, HERALDIC EAGLE MS66 PCGS

GEM BRILLIANT LUSTROUS SURFACES. JUST A SINGLE MS66+ COIN GRADED HIGHER. BASS PEDIGREE.
$349,500.00

1804 DRAPED BUST $5, SMALL OVER LARGE 8 MS65 PCGS

SMALL OVER LARGE 8. GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. SOLE SECOND FINEST GRADED.
$198,000.00

1806 DRAPED BUST $5, POINTED 6, 8X5 STARS MS63 PCGS

POINTED 6, 8x5 STARS. VERY CHOICE, SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. JUST SEVEN COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. HARRY W. BASS PEDIGREE.
$42,350.00

1806 DRAPED BUST $5, ROUND 6, 7X6 STARS MS65+ PCGS

KNOBBED 6. GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. BASS PEDIGREE.
$275,000.00