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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1796 DRAPED BUST 1C, REVERSE OF 1797 MS64 Brown

REVERSE OF 1797. S-119. WELL STRUCK WITH ABRASION FREE CHOCOLATE BROWN SURFACES. JUST ONE COIN GRADE HIGHER. CAC.
$31,500.00

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

REVERSE OF 1797. WITH STEMS. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF RED IS EXISTS ON GLOSSY SURFACES. CAC.
$19,950.00

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

1797 REVERSE WITH STEMS. GEM CHOCOLATE BROWN PLANCHET. CAC.
$19,950.00

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

REVERSE OF 1797. S-135. GLOSSY LIGHT BROWN PLANCHET.
$17,950.00

1797 DRAPED BUST 1C, REV OF 1797, STEMS MS65 Brown

REV OF 1797 WITH STEMS. LOVELY RED BROWN GLOSSY SURFACES. ONLY THREE COINS GRADE HIGHER.
$29,950.00

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

1ST HAIR STYLE. SOME MINT RED. HIGHEST S-157 GRADED AT PCGS.
$37,500.00

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

SMALL 8. 2nd HAIR STYLE. FINEST GRADED S-187 BY PCGS. CAC.
$105,000.00

1798/7 DRAPED BUST 1C AU58 Brown

VERY RARE OVERDATE. S-152. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
$21,950.00

1800/79 DRAPED BUST 1C MS62 Brown

2ND HAIR. LOVELY CHOCOLATE BROWN SURFACES.
$22,500.00

1800/79 DRAPED BUST 1C MS63+ Brown

VERY CLEAR OVERDATE. 2nd HAIR STYLE. LIGHT CHOCOLATE BROWN PLANCHET. S-194. RARITY-3. SECOND HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$62,500.00

1807/6 DRAPED BUST 1C, LARGE 7 MS64 Brown

LARGE 7. S-273. GEM SURFACES WITH EVIDENCE OF RED SHOWING.
$39,950.00

1807/6 DRAPED BUST 1C, LARGE 7 MS66 Brown

LARGE 7. GEM GLOSSY BROWN PLANCHET. S-273. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS
$119,500.00

1807/6 DRAPED BUST 1C, SMALL 7 FB12 N

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