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Overview: 1795 Draped Bust/Small Eagle Dollars

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Production of the newly styled Draped Bust dollars dated 1795 employed 2 known different obverse dies and 2 known different reverse dies, combining to create 2 different individual die varieties.  Both of these die varieties are quite distinctive; consequently, the Redbook includes both as major types.  The distinction between the two types is based on the placement of the obverse portrait of Miss Liberty.  The first variety has the portrait off-centered and placed too far to the left.  Approximately 1,800 specimens are thought to remain in existence of this “off-center” type, making it somewhat more available than the second variety.  On the second variety, Liberty is centered properly, as she would remain through the end of early dollar production.  An estimated 1,300 specimens of the centered bust type are still in existence, making it somewhat more scarce than the earlier off-center bust type.

Off-center Bust

Centered Bust


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