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1795 Silver Dollar - Bolender 14 Obverse     1795 Silver Dollar - Bolender 14 Reverse


1795 SILVER DOLLAR -
DRAPED BUST
(see 1795 Silver Dollar - Flowing Hair)

PCGS No: 6858, 96858

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 42,738
Proofs: none

Designer: Obverse by Robert Scot, reverse by John Eckstein

Diameter: 39-40 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 416 grains (27.0 grams)

Edge: Lettered - HUNDRED CENTS ONE DOLLAR OR UNIT (various ornaments between words)

Mintmark: None (all dates of this type were struck at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) 

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Varieties (2):
Off-Center Bust
         BB-51,
Bolender 14 - Common
Centered Bust
         BB-52,
Bolender 15 - Common

Notes:
This was only the second year that our nation struck One Dollar coins and this was the largest denomination in silver.  Two types were struck in 1795, the Flowing Hair and the Draped Bust.  This was the first time the Draped Bust design ever appeared on U.S. coins - it showed up later on Half Cents in 1800 and on Large Cents, Half Dimes, Dimes, Quarter Dollars, and Half Dollars in 1796.  Two major varieties are found on the 1795 Draped Bust Dollar - one with the bust of Liberty well-centered on the coin (as on the coin illustrated above and another with the bust placed too far to the left.

Often, you'll see a number of marks on either side that appear to be scratches.  These are called adjustment marks, caused by filing overweight planchets to remove excess metal and bring them down to the proper weight.  Adjustment marks are commonly seen on early U.S. Silver and Gold coins.  They usually do not affect the value of a coin unless they are heavy and unsightly.  Real scratches will detract from the value).  

Even though the 1795 Draped Bust version is rarer than the 1795 Flowing Hair version, the Draped Bust is easier to find in Mint State.  The finest grade assigned to a 1795 Draped Bust Silver Dollar by PCGS is MS-65, of which there are 5. The finest "Off Center" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

No Proof 1795 Draped Bust Silver Dollars were struck.

Significant examples:
(see individual varieties)

Recent appearances:
(see individual varieties)

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, October
2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"Silver Dollars & Trade Dollars of the United States - A Complete Encyclopedia" by Q. David Bowers

 
 

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