1799 Silver Dollar - 1799 Early $1, 7x6 Stars PCGS F12 CAC. BB-157, R2. This very pleasing, circulated Draped Bust 1799 Silver Dollar has light tan-violet devices against darker fields. The toning in the fields is a medium tan that gets darker towards the edge. The coin has original surfaces and, aside from a couple of small marks on Liberty’s face, it is extremely clean for the grade. The drapery lines show and the hair lines have considerable detail. The grade is confirmed by the CAC sticker, which indicates that the coin is of premium quality and well within the grade range assigned.
The BB-157 is one of the 7X6 varieties. Light clash marks appear at the top of the date between the two 9s. Star 1 is small and thin. Star 8 is closer to the Y than Star 7 is to the L. Star 1 is farther from the curl than Star 13 is from the bust. On the reverse, the U in UNITED is cut off at the upper left top so there is no left serif. A leaf points to the right side of the I in AMERICA. All six stars touch the clouds. Stars 5 and 6 have two points that touch. Stars 1 – 4 each have one point touching. The right edge of A in STATES is over the junction of Clouds 3 and 4. The point of Star 12 touches the eagle’s lower beak. Its ray points to the center of the left upright of the U in PLURIBUS. The first A in AMERICA touches the third feather.
The 1799 dollar is the Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Reverse type. It was made from 1798 to 1804. The design shows a draped bust of Liberty facing right. Above is LIBERTY, and below is the date. Seven six-pointed stars are to the left and six are to the right. The portrait, taken from a drawing by the famous artist Gilbert Stuart, is of Ann Bingham. John Eckstein translated this drawing to models for Engraver Robert Scot. Evidently Eckstein made the models poorly, which might explain why Stuart’s family refused to acknowledge his role in the coinage design. The heraldic eagle reverse shows the eagle with up stretched wings and a Union shield on its breast. A banner inscribed E PLURIBUS UNUM curls across the left wing and under the right. Except for the wing tips, the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is in an arc near the periphery. Thirteen stars are above the eagle’s head under the clouds in an arc pattern. Dentils are near the edge on both sides of the coin. The edge is lettered HUNDRED CENTS ONE DOLLAR OR UNIT with ornamentation between the words.
In its population report, PCGS shows only 12 BB-157s above the grade of F12. CAC does not list the 1799 dollar by die variety.
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