1796 $1 Small Date, Sm Letters MS (PCGS# 6859)
Auctioneer: Ira & Larry Goldberg
Lot Number: 1626
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Light to medium "aged silver" toning on both sides. There are a few thin but old scratches on the head, neck and in the hair, but the fields are strikingly well preserved for this often difficult date, while the rims are also choice. Popular short-lived Type which pairs a draped bust of Liberty to a small eagle reverse (used only in 1795-98).<BR><BR>Small letters in legend. Letters AMER crowded and touch at bases. Eight plain berries in wreath. Berry under first T in STATES. Two leaves beneath eagle's right (to observer's left) wing, these having been added by hand in front of the cloud. No leaves touch UNITED. The 1796 BB-61 dollar is the most common variety of the year (PCGS # 6859) </B>. <BR><BR>The estimated mintage of 75,000 1796-dated dollars (of various die varieties combined, each of the Draped Bust type) is less than that of the estimated mintage of 110,000 Draped Bust dollars coined with the date 1795, making this the scarcer year. <BR>Estimated Value $3,500 - 4,000.