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1803 Silver Dollar Obverse     1803 Silver Dollar Reverse


1803 SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6900, 6901, 6906

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 85,634
Proofs: estimated 10

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 1803 Silver Dollars were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Varieties (7):
Small 3
         BB-251, Bolender 1 - Very Scarce
         BB-252, Bolender 5 - Scarce
         BB-253, Bolender 2 - 
         BB-254, Bolender 4 - Scarce
         BB-256, Bolender 3 - Very Rare
Large 3
         BB-255, Bolender 6 - Common
Proof Novodel
         BB-303, Bolender 7 - Extremely Rare

Notes:
The finest "Small 3" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

The finest "Large 3" examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-63's.

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

Recent appearances:
MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 268, "B-5, BB-252", illustrated, not sold 

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1165, "Bolender 4", plated, sold for $16,675.00

PCGS AU-55.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 533, "BB-254, B-4, Small 3, Rarity-3", illustrated, not sold

AU-53.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 860, "B-6", illustrated, sold for $3,795.00

AU-50.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3510, "Bolender 6", illustrated, sold for $2,990.00

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1426, "Bolender-6, Large 3", sold for $4,370.00

ANACS EF-45.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 38, "BB-254, B-4", illustrated, sold for $2,645.00

EF-45, cleaned.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3511, "Bolender 6, illustrated, sold for $1,552.50

PCGS EF-40.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8142, "Bolender-5", not illustrated, sold for $2,530.00

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1427, "Bolender-6, Large 3", sold for $1,380.00

PCGS VF-35.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6172, "Bolender 6, Large 3", not illustrated, sold for $1,523.75

ANACS VF-30.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6169, "Bolender 6, Small 3", not illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

PCGS VF-30.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6171, "Bolender 6, Large 3", not sold for $920.00

VF-30.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 353, "BB-252, B-5, counterstamped on reverse", sold for $632.50

PCGS VF-20.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6170, "Bolender 6, Large 3", not illustrated, sold for $977.50

Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 438, "B-4", not plated, sold for $1,092.50

Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1166, "Bolender 4", not plated, sold for $1,035.00

Fine-12.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5700, "B-6, BB-225, Fancy R Scratched into Left Obv Field", not illustrated, sold for $517.50

ANACS Net Fine-12, VF Details, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6307, "B-5", not plated, sold for $747.50

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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