1798 P Draped Bust Dollars : All Varieties - Large Eagle Reverse

Heraldic Eagle

Mintage: 327,536
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: Robert Scot
Metal Composition: 89% Silver - 11% Copper

Diameter: 39.5 mm
Mass / Weight: 26.96 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1798 Draped Bust Silver Dollar Varieties - Difference and Comparison
There were a large number of varieties of the 1798 Draped Bust Silver Dollar - many are not listed here except for the main ones. The varieties can largely be classified first as having a Knob 9 or Pointed 9 in the 1798 date. One variety features a knob on the lower curl of the 9 and the other variety features a pointed end with no knob. The difference between the Knob 9 vs Pointed 9 is depicted above in the example comparison image of the coins.

Both the Knob 9 and Pointed 9 varieties can be classified even further by the number of vertical stripes or lines in each band within the eagle's shield on the reverse of the coin. One variety features 4 vertical stripes or lines in each of the vertical bands within the eagle shield. The other variety features 5 stripes/lines. The difference between the two varieties is depicted below in the example comparison image:

1798

The Pointed 9 variety can then be classified into numerous sub-varieties and types. Below is a list of each of the main varieties along with their example comparison images and identification diagnostic information.

Major Varieties:
1798 Draped Bust Silver Dollar - Knob 9 - 5 Vertical Lines/Stripes
1798 Draped Bust Silver Dollar - Knob 9 - 4 Vertical Lines/Stripes
1798 Draped Bust Silver Dollar - Pointed 9 - Close Date - Normal 8
1798 Draped Bust Silver Dollar - Pointed 9 - Close Date - High 8
1798 Draped Bust Silver Dollar - Pointed 9 - Wide Date
1798 Draped Bust Silver Dollar - Pointed 9 - 5 Vertical Lines/Stripes
1798 Draped Bust Silver Dollar - Pointed 9 - 4 Vertical Lines/Stripes - 10 Arrows
1798 Draped Bust Silver Dollar - Pointed 9 - 4 Berries

Coin valuation chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth per grade or condition - in USD
Good
(G-4)
Very Good
(VG-8)
Fine
(F-12)
Very Fine
(VF-20)
Extremely Fine
(EF-40)
About Uncirculated
(AU-50)
Uncirculated
(MS-60)
Uncirculated
(MS-65)
Proof
(PR-65)
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MELT VALUE: $13.05


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