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    1797 Draped Bust Dollar, AU53
    9x7 Stars, Large Letters, B-1, BB-73

    1797 $1 9x7 Stars, Large Letters, B-1, BB-73, R.3, AU53 PCGS. Bowers Die State V, with a faint die crack through TES in STATES. Mint records indicate only 7,776 Draped Bust dollars were struck in 1797, but it is likely that many 1797-dated coins were struck in 1798, as the Mint was known to keep using serviceable dies until they failed, regardless of calendar year. Three die varieties are known for the date. This coin represents the BB-73 variety, with the stars arranged in a 9x7 array on the obverse and large letters in the reverse legend. The obverse die was used to strike all 1797-dated dollars and the reverse was used to strike the BB-82 variety of 1798. It is likely that all the BB-73 coins were struck in 1798.

    The coin offered here is an attractive AU53 specimen that shows only light wear on the strongly impressed design elements. From a late state of the dies, the obverse exhibits an extensive network of die cracks and clash marks. The lightly abraded surfaces retain traces of original mint luster, under streaky shades of lavender-gray toning. Population (for the variety): 2 in 53, 9 finer (1/20). (NGC ID# 24X4, Variety PCGS# 40003, Base PCGS# 6863)

    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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