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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1799 DRAPED BUST $1, OBVERSE STARS 8X5 MS64

OBVERSE STARS 8X5. B-23, BB-159. RARITY-3. TIED WITH ONE OTHER FOR HIGHEST GRADED. COL. GREEN AND BAREFORD PEDIGREE.
$195,000.00

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

13-STARS. BB-142. RARITY-4. SATIN SURFACES. JUST 1 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$65,000.00

1800 DRAPED BUST $1 MS64+

WELL STRUCK WITH RADIANT COLOR. BB-187, B-16. HESSELGESSER.
$135,000.00

1800 DRAPED BUST $1, DOTTED DATE MS63

DOTTED DATE. ONLY 1 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$119,500.00

1801 BUST $1, LARGE EAGLE MS62

VERY CHOICE WITH LOVELY LIGHT TONING. JUST 4 HIGHER AT NGC.
$37,500.00

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

VERY CHOICE. B-2, BB-212.
$34,950.00

1802 DRAPED BUST $1 MS63+

NARROW DATE. GEM SURFACES.
$75,000.00

1802 DRAPED BUST $1, HERALDIC EAGLE PR65 Cameo

FINEST 1802 PROOF $1. ONLY 4 KNOWN TO EXIST. CAC.
$1,650,000.00

1802/1 DRAPED BUST $1, B-4 BB-232 CLOSE DATE, HERALDIC EAGLE MS63

CLOSE DATE. RARITY-4. TIED WITH 1 OTHER FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$69,500.00

1802/1 DRAPED BUST $1, OVERDATE MS64

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

1803 DRAPED BUST $1, SMALL 3 MS61

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