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Obverse of 1798 Silver Dollar - Bolender 1     Reverse of 1798 Silver Dollar - Bolender 1


From Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 1587, where it was described as follows:
"1798 Draped Bust Small Eagle 13 Stars Bolender-1 AU50. Dipped recently, but already has begun to tone. Unlike 1796 and 1797 Small Eagle dollars, the 1798 tends towards a fuller strike. As seen here, the hair and drapery is quite bold, while the eagle is so complete that it shows the eye and nasal opening as well as excellent breast feathers. Luster plainly visible on both sides.

Little is known about the two Small Eagle varieties dated 1798. It is unknown if they represent the initial deliveries of this year or an emergency group struck in the winter of 1798-99 following hasty reopening of the Mint after the cold weather had killed off the mosquitoes and stopped the epidemic of yellow fever. That with 13 stars has the cracked Large Letter reverse left over from 1797; the rarer one with 15 stars -- see next lot -- has the worn-out reverse of 1795. There is no way to know if both varieties were struck in the same month, or which came first. Evidence from the condition of reverse dies indicates only that both followed their 1796-97 usage."

Price Realized = $7,762.50

Recent appearances:
PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6148, "Bolender 1", illustrated, sold for $7,187.50

EF-45, cleaned.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3492, "Bolender 1", illustrated, not sold

Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1143, "Bolender 1, 13 Stars", not plated, sold for $2,415.00

Good-4, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5685, not illustrated, sold for $891.25

Obverse of 1798 Draped Bust / Plain Eagle Silver Dollar        Reverse of 1798 Draped Bust / Plain Eagle Silver Dollar

1798 Silver Dollar - Bolender 1
Images courtesy of
Heritage Numismatic Auctions
Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. "ANA Sale" 1999, Lot 5366 - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. "Santa Clara" sale, November 18-20, 1999, Lot 7105, "VF-35".