Bust U.S. Dollars
The Bust U.S. Dollar also known as the Heraldic Eagle, was minted from 1798-1803. The two earliest reverse dies of 1798 have five vertical lines in the stripes in the shield. All dollar dies thereafter have four vertical lines.
The word dollar comes from the German thaler, the name given to the first large-sized European silver coin. Designed as a substitute for the gold florin, the coin originated in Tyrol, a province in West Austria, in 1484. These large silver coins became so popular during the 16th century that many other countries struck similar pieces, giving them names derived from the German thaler. The Spanish dollar, or "piece of eight", was widely used and became familiar to everyone in the British American colonies. It was only natural that the word dollar was accepted officially as the standard monetary unit of the United States by Congress on July 6, 1785.
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Composition: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
Bust U.S. Dollars: 1798-1803