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1796 SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6859, 6860, 6861

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: est. 72,920
Proofs: none

Designer: Obverse by Robert Scot, reverse by John Eckstein

Diameter: 39-40 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 416 grains (27.0 grams)

Edge: Lettered - HUNDRED CENTS ONE DOLLAR OR UNIT (various ornaments between words)

Mintmark: None (all dates of this type were struck at Philadelphia)

Varieties (6):
Small Date, Small Letters
         BB-62, Bolender 3 - Rarity 8
         BB-63, Bolender 2 - Very Scarce
         BB-66, Bolender 1 - Very Scarce
Small Date, Large Letters
         BB-61, Bolender 4 - Scarce
         BB-64, Bolender 6 - Rarity 8
Large Date, Large Letters
         BB-65, Bolender 5 - Very Scarce

Notes:
The finest "Small Date, Small Letters" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-60.

The finest "Small Date, Large Letters" example graded by PCGS are 2 AU-58s.

The finest "Large Date, Small Letters" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-62.

Recent appearances:
PCGS VF-35.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6138, "Bolender 1", illustrated, sold for $3,450.00

VG-8.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1947, "Small Date, Small Letters, Bolender-1, BB-6, Rarity-4", illustrated, sold for $1,150.00

Also listed under specific variety page.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, October
2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service