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    1795 Draped Bust Dollar, MS64
    Off-Center Portrait, B-14, BB-51
    Qualifies for the Condition Census

    1795 $1 Draped Bust, Off-Center, B-14, BB-51, R.2, MS64 NGC. Bowers Die State I. The Draped Bust design was introduced in late 1795 and used to coin silver dollars through 1804. Dave Bowers explains the transition from the Flowing Hair motif to this design was instigated by incoming Mint Director Henry William DeSaussure, adding: "Whatever the inspiration for the portrait, and whatever the design process may have been, the obverse and reverse punches for the 1795 Draped Bust dollar far exceeded in quality anything created earlier."

    It is believed that 42,738 1795 Draped Bust dollars were struck, consisting of two readily distinguishable varieties. The first type, B-14, BB-51, is known as the Off-Center Bust and seen here. The central device was initially placed too far left on the die and was later corrected. The second variety with the Centered Bust is designated as B-15, BB-52. The 1795 Off-Center dollars are slightly more available, with the BB-52 variety claiming a population about two-thirds the size of the BB-51.

    Although BB-51 dollars are among the most collectible dollars for the year, trailing only the BB-27 and BB-21 Flowing Hair varieties, near-Gems like the present offering represent major buying opportunities for serious specialists. According to Bowers' 2013 Encyclopedia of United States Silver Dollars, 1794-1804, MS64 qualifies for the low end of the Condition Census among BB-51 survivors.

    Bluish-gray patina dominates each side of this Choice Uncirculated representative, revealing splashes of golden color when angled under a light. Every element of the design, from the dentils, to the stars and legends, to the curls and breast feathers, show razor-sharp detail. Both sides are remarkably smooth. A few mint-made adjustment marks appear on the reverse. Collectors considering this early dollar rarity should be prepared to step up to the plate.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24X2, Variety PCGS# 39996, Base PCGS# 96858)

    Weight: 26.96 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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