5 Dollars, United States, 1797

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One (1) 5 dollar coin

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United States, 1797

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Obverse Image: Capped bust of Liberty facing right.

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Obverse Text: LIBERTY / 1797

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Reverse Image: Heraldic eagle, clouds and stars above.

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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.

Date Made: 1797

Mint: U.S. Mint, PhiladelphiaObverse Designer: Scot, RobertObverse Engraver: Scot, Robert

Place Of Issue: United StatesPlace Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

See more items in: Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection, Coins, Currency and Medals, Josiah K. Lilly Jr. Collection

Exhibition: The Value of Money

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Related Web Publication: http://americanhistory.si.edu/coins/glossary.cfm

Related Publication: Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms

Credit Line: Estate of Josiah K. Lilly

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: NU.68.159.0158Accession Number: 283645Catalog Number: 68.159.0158

Object Name: coin

Physical Description: gold (overall material)0 (overall die axis)0 (overall die axis measurement)struck (overall production method)185 (overall die axis measurement)Measurements: overall: 20 mm x 23 mm; 25/32 in x 29/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-41c6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1081168

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