1797 Draped Bust, Small Eagle dollar found
Fla., dealer Tom Pilitowski announced that he has discovered
a high-grade example of the 1797 Draped Bust, Small Eagle, Small
Coin Grading Service assigned it an AU-50 grade. Pilitowski
said it is just the second known AU example and is the finest
one certified by PCGS to date.
reports from PCGS and the Numismatic Guaranty Corp. show just
29 examples in all grades and 24 are VF and lower, Pilitowski
says the 1797 Small Letters dollar is the best known variety
of the Draped Bust, Small Eagle dollar. In his book Silver Dollars
and trade Dollars of the United States, Q. David Bowers said,
"It may well be the most famous variety after 1794 and before
1804," Pilitowski quoted.
is Bowers-Borckardt variety 72, or Bolender 2.
said that the Norweb example was Fine-15 and the Garrett specimen