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1799 Silver Dollar Obverse      1799 Silver Dollar Reverse
 


1799 SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6878, 6879, 6880, 6881, 6883, 6884

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 423,515
Proofs: 0

Designer: Robert Scot

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)

Notes:
Silver Dollars first appeared in America in 1794.  Today, the purchasing power of one
dollar is relatively small but, in 1799, a Silver Dollar represented a significant amount of
money.  For instance, a skilled laborer at the time earned one dollar per hour.  Even so,
the general public rarely saw Silver Dollars, because they were used mostly for private or large transactions.  Fortunately, the 1799 Silver Dollar has the highest mintage of any
Silver Dollar struck before 1860, so the public then (and collectors today) were more likely to see a 1799 Silver Dollar than any other date!

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's.

The finest "Irregular Date - 15 Star" example graded by PCGS is a single AU-55.

The finest "Irregular Date - 13 Star" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

The finest "8x5" example graded by PCGS is a single AU-58.

The finest "1799/8, 15 Star" examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-64s.

The finest "1799/8, 13 Star" examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-64s.


 

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Varieties (22):
1799/8
   15 Reverse Stars
         BB-141,
Bolender 3 - Scarce
   13 Reverse Stars
           BB-142, Bolender 1 - Very Scarce
         BB-143,
Bolender 2 - Very Scarce
Normal Date
   Obverse Stars 7/6
         BB-151,
Bolender 13 - Rare
         BB-152,
Bolender 15 - Scarce
         BB-154,
Bolender 18 - Rare
         BB-155,
Bolender 19 - Rare
         BB-156,
Bolender 7 - Very Scarce
         BB-157,
Bolender 5 - Common
         BB-158,
Bolender 16 - Common
         BB-160,
Bolender 12 - Scarce
         BB-161,
Bolender 11 - Scarce
         BB-162,
Bolender 6 - Very Scarce
         BB-163,
Bolender 10 - Common
         BB-164,
Bolender 17 - Common
         BB-165,
Bolender 8 - Scarce
         BB-166,
Bolender 9 - Very Common
         BB-167,
Bolender 14 - Scarce
         BB-168,
Bolender 22 - Rare
         BB-169,
Bolender 21 - Scarce
   Obverse Stars 8/5
         BB-159,
Bolender 23 - Very Scarce
   15 Reverse Stars
         BB-153,
Bolender 4 - Very Scarce

Bolender 20 has been delisted

Recent appearances:
SEGS MS-62 Cleaned, retoned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5287, "B-9, BB-166", plated, sold for $6,612.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1151, "Bolender 9", plated, unsold

Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 33, "B-11b", plated, sold for $18,400.00  Ex Lester Merkin's sale of September 18, 1968, lot 282

AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 850, "B-7a", illustrated, sold for $6,900.00

AU-55 Light Tooling on Cheek.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6848, "Bolender-7a, BB-158, Die State III", not illustrated, not sold

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1952, "Normal date, Bolender-9a, BB-166, Rarity-2", illustrated, sold for $6,900.00

SEGS AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 852, "B-10", illustrated, sold for $1,897.00

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6302, "B-1, Stars rev.",  illustrated, sold for $4,830.00

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 851, "B-12a", illustrated, sold for $4,370.00

AU-53.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 265, "B-11, BB-161", illustrated, not sold  

AU-50, possibly cleaned.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3498, "Bolender 9", illustrated, sold for $4,140.00

AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1950, "Normal date, Bolender-7a, Rarity-5", illustrated, sold for $3,105.00

AU-50.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3499, "Bolender 10", illustrated, sold for $2,300.00

ICG AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6296, "B-8",  illustrated, unsold

ANACS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6297, "B-17",  illustrated, sold for $4,370.00

NGC AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6298, "B-14", illustrated, unsold

ANACS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6299, "B-6", illustrated, unsold

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6301, "B-3, 1799/8", illustrated, sold for $4,485.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1157, "B-23, Stars 8x5", plated, sold for $5,750.00

Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1152, "Bolender 9, 13 Star Reverse", not plated, sold for $1,840.00

EF-45.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3496, "Bolender 1", "1799/8", not illustrated, sold for $1,667.50

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 266, "B-10, BB-163", illustrated, sold for $1,955.00 

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 24, "BB-153, B-4", illustrated, sold for $3,105.00

NGC EF-45.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 28, "BB-161, B-11", illustrated, sold for $1,955.00

EF-45 Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5616, "Bolender 3, 1799/8", not plated, sold for $1,437.50

PCGS EF-40.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3500, "Bolender 19", illustrated, sold for $2,415.00

NGC EF-40.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6156, "Bolender 8", not illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1411, "Bolender-15, Irregular Date, 13 Stars", sold for $1,265.00

ANACS EF-40.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6295, "B-18, BB-154", not plated, sold for $1,667.50  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

NGC EF-40.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 264, "B-1, BB-142, Overdate", illustrated, sold for $1,725.00

ANACS EF-40.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 26, "BB-155, B-19", illustrated, not sold 

ANACS EF-40.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 29, "BB-161, B-11", illustrated, sold for $1,725.00

ANACS EF-40.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 30, "BB-162, B-6", illustrated, sold for $1,437.50

EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1956, "Normal date, B-16b", illustrated, sold for $1,552.00

EF-40 Cleaned, retoned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5614, "Bolender 23", not plated, sold for $977.50

EF-40 Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5691, "B-11", not illustrated, sold for $1,380.00  Ex Coin Galleries November 1999 Sale, lot 3202

EF-40, Rim Flaw.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5692, "B-9", not illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

Very Fine/Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1153, "Bolender 9, 13 Star Reverse", not plated, sold for $805.00

Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1154, "Bolender 14", not plated, sold for $920.00

PCGS VF-35.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1949, "9 over 8, Bolender-2, Rarity-4", illustrated, sold for $1,840.00

PCGS VF-35.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8141, "Bolender-10, Die State IV", not illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

VF-35.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1413, "Bolender-9" at $805.00

VF-35.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1954, "Normal date, Bolender-11a, Rarity-3", illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

ICG VF-35.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 25, "BB-153, B-4", illustrated, sold for $1,495.00

VF-35.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 27, "BB-155, B-19", illustrated, sold for $1,150.00

Sharpness of VF-30.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1955, "Normal date, B-12", not illustrated, sold for $949.00

Choice Very Fine, bordering on Extremely Fine.
Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1150, "Bolender 8", not plated, sold for $575.00

NGC VF-30.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1005, "BB-151, B-13", illustrated, sold for $2,990.00

VF-30, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5690, "B-10", not illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

ANACS Net VF-30, VF Details, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6294, "B-8, BB-165", not plated, sold for $1,092.50  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

PCGS VF-25. Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6154, " Bolender 9", not illustrated, sold for $805.00

VF-25 Lightly cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5615, "1799/8", not plated, sold for $661.25

PCGS VF-25.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6155, "Bolender 5", not illustrated, sold for $862.50

VF-25.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot  1416, "Bolender-21", sold for $690.00

VF-20.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot  1414, "Bolender-14", sold for $632.50

ANACS VF-20.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 31, "BB-168, B-22", illustrated, sold for $1,437.50

Net VF-20.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1412, "Bolender-10", sold for $862.50

Net VF-20, sharpness of VF-35.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 345, "BB-163, B-10, Pointed 9", sold for $920.00

Fine-15.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1410, "1799/8, 13 Stars", sold for $690.00

Fine-12.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot  1415, "Bolender-14", sold for $471.50

Fine-12 Lightly cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5617, "Bolender 1, 1799/8", not plated, sold for $603.75

Fine-12.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1951, "Normal Date, Bolender-7, Rarity-4", not illustrated, sold for $719.00

ANACS Fine-12.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6293, "B-17, BB-164", not plated, sold for $718.75  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

Net VG-10, Sharpness of VF-20, harshly cleaned.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 32, "BB-169, B-21", not illustrated, sold for $977.50

VG-8.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 344, "BB-159, B-23, 8x5 stars", sold for $2,185.00

VG-8.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 342, "BB-142, B-1 1799/8", sold for $414.00

Good-5.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1953, "Normal date, Bolender-10, Rarity-2", not illustrated, sold for $368.00

Good-4.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5613, "Bolender 22, BB-168", unsold; Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6846, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS AG-3.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6292, "B-22, BB-168", not plated, sold for $460.00

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

 
 

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