History, Value, and Price Guide for 1799 BB-159 Draped Bust Silver Dollar
Value of 1799 BB-159 Draped Bust Silver Dollar
This Dollar has the catalog numbers: Bowers Borckardt-159, Bolender-23, or Haseltine-23
Obverse: Only 5 stars to right of bust, facing. The obverse stars are arranged eight to the left and five to the right; the only 1799 with this peculiar arrangement. The reason for this configuration is unknown. It may have been a blundered die, or the engraver may have accidentally punched the eight stars on the left after just having cut a die for a 1799 $10 gold coin. He would then have been forced to complete the die using only five stars on the right. Given the care taken to prepare dies at the Mint for dollar coinage this year, the 8×5 stars blunder is all the more remarkable.
Reverse: The reverse die is the same as BB-158. U in UNITED defective at upper left, due to broken U punch. Now on BB-159 the upper berries are very small. Far right edge of A is over junction of clouds 3 and 4.
Total Estimated Population: 500 to 900
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