Coin Specifications

Category: Early Dollars (1794-1804)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 423,515
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 26.9600g
ASW: 0.7731oz
Melt Value: $17.77 (12/1/2020)
Diameter: 39-40mm
Edge: Lettered
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1799 $1 MS obverse 1799 $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With half dollar production suspended during 1798-1800, the annual coinage of dollars during these years reached a peak for Draped Bust series. Calendar year 1799 recorded the highest total, though not all of these coins bore that date. The large number of dies prepared for 1798's coinage resulted in a number of leftovers, and much of 1799's output may have carried that date.

Q. David Bowers estimated that approximately 395,000 silver dollars were coined with the 1799 date, some of these being made the following year. This was a remarkable effort, given the primitive conditions found at the U. S. Mint, and it makes the 1799 silver dollar the most common date of the Draped Bust type. While Mint State survivors exist in very limited supply, lightly worn coins grading VF or XF are plentiful and provide a good pool for the type collector.

A total of 22 die marriages are known for 1799 silver dollars. Among the more unusual reverse dies is one into which the engraver mistakenly punched 15 stars instead of the requisite 13. He then attempted to cover his error by expanding nearby clouds to partially obscure the unwanted stars! This die was used in combination with both the overdate obverse and a normal one. Just two of the 1799 die marriages are considered rare: BB-151 and BB-154.

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Last Updated: 1/21/2020

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1799 $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1085 1265 1750 2550 4550 7500 8000 9500 14000 21500 26000 33500 58500 105000 207500 340000 1080000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 80000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2236
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1799 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base15521532057742412978391106127620202115711---2235
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--------121-1---------5
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Total15521532057752412978392108129621202115711---2242
 1%2%7%9%35%11%13%4%4%5%6%0%1%1%1%1%0%0%0%--- 
1799 $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1------1
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Total---------------1------1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1799 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16091785194123022781365739844565469450495922701474318293101351257115430179670000
16681837206124623073376641784608481253406286715377188907109471352416276179670000
00000041784608481253406286715377188907109471352416276179670000
00000043714651493156316650729280069521117591447717121179670000
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 10135
Owner: Aziz11
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 5922
Owner: Highland200
 
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