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

1801 $1 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
6893
Diameter:
40.00 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
27.00 grams
Edge:
Lettered: HUNDRED CENTS ONE DOLLAR OR UNIT
Mintage:
54,454
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$329,000 • NGC MS65+ • 11-15-2013 • 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 2,000 R-4.6 24 / 29 TIE 32 / 39 TIE
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 17 / 29 TIE 24 / 39 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 29 TIE 1 / 39 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 estimated grade  
6 MS62 PCGS grade
6 MS62 PCGS grade
6 MS62 PCGS grade  
6 MS62 PCGS grade  
6 MS62 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: The 1801 Dollar has a low mintage of just over 54,000 coins, which is a low number by any standard, but the 1801 is still an under-appreciated rarity.  For example, in the 2012 GUIDEBOOK, the 1801 Dollar is priced the same as the 1800 Dollar in virtually all grades, and shows just a slight premium in MS-60.  The reality of the PCGS Population Report shows a different picture.  The surviving population of the 1801 Dollar (as of November 2011) is considerably lower any other date of the Heraldic Eagle reverse type, including the 1802, which has a lower mintage just over 41,000 coins.  Similarly, the 1801 Dollar has a lower population in Mint State than any other date.  This indicates that the pricing on the 1801 Dollar should be higher to account for this difference.

PCGS has certified less than a dozen Mint State 1801 Dollars, the finest of which is a single Gem MS-65.