5 Dollars, United States, 1797

United States Mint, Philadelphia. Obverse: Capped bust of Liberty facing right, ten stars behind her head and six stars before; date below. Reverse: Heraldic eagle, clouds and stars above. Although dated 1797, this coin was probably minted in the following year. Early United States coins do not always bear the year in which they were struck. The annual visit of yellow fever to Philadelphia, and to the U.S. Mint there, imparted a disjointed quality to our early numismatics.
What is definitely known is that Robert Scot was responsible for the designs. His new, bellicose eagle is a direct reflection of increased national tensions with the British and French. This particular coin is unique.
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date made
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
Physical Description
gold (overall material)
0 (overall die axis)
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struck (overall production method)
overall: 20 mm x 23 mm; 25/32 in x 29/32 in
place of issue
United States
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See more items in
Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Coins, Currency and Medals
The Value of Money
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Estate of Josiah K. Lilly
Related Publication
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
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