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5 Dollars, United States, 1797

5 Dollars, United States, 1797

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Description (Brief)
One (1) 5 dollar coin
United States, 1797
Obverse Image: Capped bust of Liberty facing right.
Obverse Text: LIBERTY / 1797
Reverse Image: 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.
Object Name
date made
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
obverse designer
Scot, Robert
obverse engraver
Scot, Robert
place of issue
United States
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
gold (overall material)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
185 (overall die axis measurement)
overall: 20 mm x 23 mm; 25/32 in x 29/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Estate of Josiah K. Lilly
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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