David Akers (1975/88): The 1799 is moderately scarce as a date and is quite rare in strictly uncirculated condition. Gems are particularly hard to locate. However, the date is really not as rare as the low mintage record would indicate. Since the Mint was rather cavalier in its use of dies, it is highly likely that some of the coins in the mintage record for 1800 were actually dated 1799. A reasonable estimate of the mintage, based on frequency of appearance of the date and the number of known varieties, would be somewhere in the range of 15,000. This date is just slightly more rare than the 1798 Large 8, 13 Stars and is considerably more rare than most of the dates from 1800-1807.
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