S$1 1797 XF 45 NGC 10x6, Large Letters BB-71 B-3
The Small Eagle variant of the Draped Bust Dollar is a popular type with collectors. As a date, 1797 is one of the more challenging to collect in the Draped Bust Silver Dollar series of 1795-1803. Survivors are much rarer than those of the 1799 and 1800 in all grades, and they are almost always encountered with extensive wear that precludes a grade above the Fine or, or at best, VF grade levels. BB-71 is the median rarity among die marriages for this issue, although it is only slightly less rare than BB-73 (Stars 9x7, Large Letters). There were 7,776 coins minted for this date, of which perhaps 2,493 coins were minted before August 1797 featuring the 10x6 stars obverse. NGC has certified 18 coins at this level with 24 finer.