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SERIES: Draped Bust Dollars 1795-1803
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1795 $1 Centered Dr Bust (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

OBVERSE COMPARISON

PCGS MS65+
PCGS #:
6858
Diameter:
40.00 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot/John Eckstein
Weight:
27.00 grams
Edge:
Lettered: HUNDRED CENTS ONE DOLLAR OR UNIT
Mintage:
42,738
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$373,750 • PCGS MS65 • 1-1-2007 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 3,000 R-4.4 10 / 10 36 / 39
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 8 / 10 29 / 39
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 2 / 10 7 / 39
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 estimated grade  
3 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:1027, $373,750 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

4 MS65 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 11/1998:259 - Flannagan Collection (Bowers and Merena 11/2001:4218, $140,875 - Cardinal Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 6/2005:16, $322,000 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2536, $253,000

4 MS65 PCGS grade

B-15, BB-52.  Heritage 1/2007:1027, $373,750

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 estimated grade  
3 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:1027, $373,750 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

4 MS65 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 11/1998:259 - Flannagan Collection (Bowers and Merena 11/2001:4218, $140,875 - Cardinal Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 6/2005:16, $322,000 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2536, $253,000

4 MS65 PCGS grade

B-15, BB-52.  Heritage 1/2007:1027, $373,750

4 MS65 PCGS grade  

Superior 5/1990:3876, $418,000

4 MS65 PCGS grade  
8 MS64 PCGS grade  
8 MS64 PCGS grade  
8 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: "Centered Bust" on the 1795 Draped Bust, Small Eagle Dollar refers to the positioning of the bust of Liberty within the field of the die.  The alternative is the "Off-Center Bust", on which the bust of Liberty is shifted toward the left.  The difference between the two can be seen best on the position of the bow behind Liberty's head.  On the Centered Bust, the bow is well away from the stars; on the Off-Center Bust, the bow comes close to the fifth star (but does not touch it).

Among the 39 major varieties of the Draped Bust type, the Centered Bust is one of the least rare (ranking 36th), but it is nowhere near as common as the 1798 Large Eagle, 1799 Normal Date, and the 1800 Normal Date.  In Mint State, this variety is very scarce, with only 21 examples certified by PCGS (as of June 2011).  The Condition Census is amazingly high for an early Silver Dollar, ranging from a low of MS-64 to a high of a unique MS-66.