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

1795 $1 Off-Center Dr Bust (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

OBVERSE COMPARISON

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
96858
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:
$910,625 • NGC MS66+* • 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 900 R-5.2 5 / 10 25 / 39
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 7 / 10 20 / 39 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 10 4 / 39
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

George H. Earle, Jr. Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912:2683 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2173, $308,000 - Bowers & Merena 7/2002:427, $345,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4013, $763,750

2 MS65+ estimated grade  

A. Bridgman, Jr. - S.H. & H. Chapman 11/1891:694 - "Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $75 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33499, $910,625

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Most likely from the Virgil Brand Collection - B.G. Johnson - T. James Clarke Collection - New Netherlands 1958:614 - Stack’s 9/1974:40 - Superior 10/1989:3816, $231,000 - Bowers & Merena 2/2005:702, $327,750 - Bruce Morelan Collection 

3 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

George H. Earle, Jr. Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912:2683 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2173, $308,000 - Bowers & Merena 7/2002:427, $345,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4013, $763,750

2 MS65+ estimated grade  

A. Bridgman, Jr. - S.H. & H. Chapman 11/1891:694 - "Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $75 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33499, $910,625

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Most likely from the Virgil Brand Collection - B.G. Johnson - T. James Clarke Collection - New Netherlands 1958:614 - Stack’s 9/1974:40 - Superior 10/1989:3816, $231,000 - Bowers & Merena 2/2005:702, $327,750 - Bruce Morelan Collection 

3 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
6 MS63+ PCGS grade
7 MS63 PCGS grade
7 MS63 PCGS grade  
9 MS62 PCGS grade  
10 AU58 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: The 1795 Off-Center Bust Silver Dollar resulted when the engraver punched the bust of Liberty too far left into the die.  Because of the high cost of die steel, the engraver completed the die in spite of the mis-placement of the bust, then coins were struck in normal production. 

The Off-Center Bust is at least twice as rare as the Centered Bust, according to the PCGS Population Report.  In Mint State the difference is even greater.  Of the 8 Mint State Off-Center Bust Dollars certified by PCGS, the typical grade is MS-63 to MS-64.  The finest example certified by PCGS is a single MS-66 (illustrated above).