Composition and Specifications

Silver dollars with the Draped Bust design were struck on planchets made from a composition of 89.24% silver and 10.76% copper, the regular alloy at that time for all silver denominations. The coins have a standard weight of 26.96 grams (416 grains) and have a diameter of approximately 39.5 millimeters. As a result of the more or less primitive circumstances in which these pieces were produced, variations are certainly possible, if not common.

The edge is lettered HUNDRED CENTS ONE DOLLAR OR UNIT with decorations between the words. No indication of the value of the coin is made on either the obverse or reverse.

Production quality for these large and heavy silver coins varies greatly. Most Draped Bust Dollars will show weakness in one or more spots, in particular the centers of both sides and the obverse stars. Adjustment marks, applied by the Mint before striking, are often seen, but usually do not detract from the value. Most coins will exhibit wear from circulation, although a few uncirculated pieces are known of every issue, most frequently for those dated 1800.

Draped Bust Dollar Specifications

Dates: 1795-1804
Designer: Robert Scot
Weight: 26.96 grams
Composition: 89.24% silver, 10.76% copper
Diameter: 39.5 mm