Draped Bust Dollars

Draped Bust, Small Eagle (1795-1798)

A precocious country during its formative years, the United States grew quickly in size and stature throughout its first half century as an independent nation. It didn’t reach maturity nearly as fast, however, as the likeness of Miss Liberty on U. S. silver coinage.

When Liberty first appeared on the nation’s silver coins in 1794 she was youthful and vivacious, with her hair flowing freely behind her. Focusing on that feature, collectors refer to these coins as the Flowing Hair type. But it didn’t take long for this innocent- looking maiden to reach the full flower of womanhood: The very next year a new portrait showed her, in the words of coinage critic Cornelius Vermeule, as “a buxom Roman matron” having long, elegant tresses neatly tied back with a ribbon and a bow and ample cleavage visible above a fold of drapery.

This full-figured portrait has come to be known as the Draped Bust design, .... (Expand Text)

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1796 DRAPED BUST $1, LARGE DATE, SM LET MS63+

LARGE DATE, SMALL LETTERS. B-5, BB-55. JUST 1 COIN GRADED HIGHER.
$229,500.00

1797 DRAPED BUST $1, 9X7 LARGE LETTERS AU55

9X7 STARS. LARGE LETTERS. BB-73, B-1.
$21,950.00

1797 DRAPED BUST $1, 9X7 LARGE LETTERS AU58

9 X 7 STARS. LARGE LETTERS. B-1, BB-73. CAC.
$49,500.00

1798 BUST $1, LARGE EAGLE MS61

POINTED 9. CLOSE DATE. B-27, BB-113.
$22,950.00

1798 BUST $1, SMALL EAGLE 15 STARS AU53

SMALL EAGLE. 15 STARS. BB-81, B-2. NO ADJUSTMENT MARKS.
$29,950.00

1798 DRAPED BUST $1, LARGE EAGLE MS61

POINTED 9, CLOSE DATE. BB-113, B-27. RARITY-2.
$24,950.00

1799 BUST $1, LARGE EAGLE MS62

VERY LUSTEROUS. B-158, B-16.
$29,950.00

1799 BUST $1, LARGE EAGLE MS63

NEAR GEM. LIGHT TONE ENHANCES ITS BEAUTY. B-11. RARITY-3.
$52,500.00

1799 DRAPED BUST $1 AU53

LOVELY SURFACES WITH SOME LUSTER COMING THROUGH.
$6,950.00

1799 DRAPED BUST $1 MS64

NEAR GEM! ONLY 7 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$139,500.00

1799 DRAPED BUST $1, B-12 BB-160, HERALDIC EAGLE MS62

LOVELY SURFACES. B-12, BB-160. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED OF THIS VARIETY.
$29,950.00

1799 DRAPED BUST $1, OBVERSE STARS 7X6 MS61

7X6 STARS. B-9, BB-166.
$21,000.00

1799 DRAPED BUST $1, OBVERSE STARS 8X5 MS64

OBVERSE STARS 8X5. B-23, BB-159. RARITY-3. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. COL. GREEN AND BAREFORD PEDIGREE.
$189,500.00

1799/8 BUST $1, 13 REVERSE STARS, LARGE EAGLE MS63

13-STARS. BB-142. RARITY-4. SATIN SURFACES.
$65,000.00

1800 DRAPED BUST $1 MS64+

WELL STRUCK WITH RADIANT COLOR. BB-187, B-16. HESSELGESSER.
$139,500.00

1801 BUST $1, LARGE EAGLE MS62

VERY CHOICE WITH LOVELY LIGHT TONING. JUST 7 HIGHER AT NGC.
$35,000.00

1801 DRAPED BUST $1, B-2 BB-212, HERALDIC EAGLE MS61

VERY CHOICE. B-2, BB-212. JUST TWO GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$34,950.00

1802 DRAPED BUST $1 MS65

NARROW DATE. BB-241, B-6. GEM LUSTEROUS SURFACES UNDER LIGHT IRIDESCENT TONING. TIDE FOR HIGHEST GRADE.
$189,500.00

1802 DRAPED BUST $1 PR65+ Cameo

THE SOLE FINEST 1802 PROOF $1. ONLY 4 KNOWN TO EXIST. CAC.
$1,795,000.00

1802/1 DRAPED BUST $1, OVERDATE MS64

WIDE DATE. B-3, BB-234. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$175,000.00

1803 DRAPED BUST $1, SMALL 3 MS61

SMALL 3. BB-254, B-4. RARITY-3.
$22,500.00