1799 Draped Bust Silver Dollar NGC VF20

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1799 “Draped Bust” U.S. Silver Dollar

The very first Chief Engraver of the United States Mint was Robert Scot, appointed by then Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson in 1793. During the American Revolution, Scot had been an engraver of paper money, but he made his true mark on the collecting world when he created the Draped Bust Silver Dollar, featuring Liberty with long, flowing hair on the obverse and a heraldic eagle on the reverse.

As beautiful as this design is, it also gained some criticism. Scot placed the arrows in the eagle’s right talon, which symbolized militarism, rather than the traditional image of the arrows in the left talon and the olive branch of peace in the right. However, when this coin was struck in 1799 the United States was engaged in the Quasi-War against France, leaving some to speculate that the change was intentional on Scot’s part.

This wonderful example of a turn-of-the-century U.S. Silver Dollar comes certified by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in Very Fine-20 (VF20) condition, sealed with Smithsonian® Coin Classics label.

  • EARLIEST US SILVER DOLLAR – The Draped Bust Silver Dollar is one of the first silver dollar to be struck by the U.S. Mint.
  • SMITHSONIAN LABEL – Each of these 1799 Draped Bust Dollars come with an exclusive Smithsonian label.
  • GRADED VERY FINE – These Draped Bust Silver Dollars have been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in  graded Very Fine-20 (VF20) condition, showing only moderate wear on the higher surface features.

Get a piece of American history with this Draped Bust Silver Dollar!

Year of Issue 1799
Country United States
Composition Silver
Purity 0.8924
Condition Graded
Grade VF
Denomination 1.00
Currency Type Dollar
Coin Weight 26.96 Grams - g
Dimensions 40mm